Field placement and the impact of financial stress on social work and human services students

Johnstone, Eleesa, Brough, Mark, Crane, Philip R., Marston, Gregory, & Correa-Velez, Ignacio (2016) Field placement and the impact of financial stress on social work and human services students. Australian Social Work. (In Press)

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While significant research has been undertaken exploring the pedagogical benefits of undertaking lengthy social work and human services field placements, there has been very little consideration regarding the potential financial stress involved for students. This study has addressed this knowledge gap. Research was conducted in 2014 using quantitative and qualitative methods with students, academic and professional staff from six Queensland Universities. The findings show a significant relationship between unpaid placements and financial hardship creating considerable stress for students and at times a compromised learning experience whilst on placement. The limited flexibility in the requirements of professional bodies and universities for how placements are undertaken has been identified as a key contributor to financial hardship. Addressing the complexities inherent in this issue requires a collaborative effort from multiple stakeholders and should not be regarded as a problem for students to endure and manage.

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ID Code: 95565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social work, field education, financial stress, human services, placement, work integrated learning, higher education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2016.1181769
ISSN: 0312-407X
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 > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 15 May 2016 23:51
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 04:22

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