Delineating Professional Competencies for Sociologists and other Health Social Scientists

Gow, Kathryn M., Litchfield, Kim L., & Sheehan, Mary C. (2002) Delineating Professional Competencies for Sociologists and other Health Social Scientists. Journal of Applied Health Behaviour, 4(1 & 2), pp. 21-30.


In order to ascertain which Social Science competencies were common across the disciplines of psychology, sociology, counselling and human services, employers with Queensland, and academics across Australia, were surveyed as to their views about a large number of generic and specialist competencies. The participants were asked to rate the competencies from the point of view of how necessary they considered it was for graduates to demonstrate these attributes on entry to the work force. This article gives details of the competencies that were common across the discipline groups, and notes the significant differences between sociology academics and other academic groups. It then compares each employer group with the combined Social Science employer group. Taking the pooled employer group as a benchmark, further comparisons are then made with sociology academics. Possible reasons for differences between the groups are discussed.

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ID Code: 10645
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the authors.
ISSN: 1442-0872
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 School of Behavioural and Community Health Sciences, The University of Sydney
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:53

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