Balancing the books : an assessment of financial stress associated with social work and human service student placements

Brough, Mark, Correa-Velez, Ignacio, Crane, Philip R., Johnstone, Eleesa, & Marston, Gregory (2015) Balancing the books : an assessment of financial stress associated with social work and human service student placements. Queensland University of Technology.


This report presents the findings from a study of the financial impact of work-integrated learning commonly referred to as 'placement' among social work and human services students. Based on a survey of 214 respondants, 14 in-depth interviews and two focus groups, the findings indicate that two thirds of the surveyed group felt tired and anxious about their experience of balancing paid work and placement, with 2 in 5 reporting their learning experience was compromised as a result. The significant implications and potential solutions are also discussed.

Impact and interest:

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

269 since deposited on 26 Feb 2015
79 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 82024
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This research project was supported by a grant from the
Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
Keywords: financial stress, social work and human services students, work integrated learning, field education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
  • ACEN/n/a
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Authors & Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2015 22:44
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 22:44

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page