Student Attitudes Toward Religious Diversity and Implications for Multicultural Competence

Melissa L. Abell, Jennifer I. Manuel, Andrew Schoeneman

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    Abstract

    In this article we present the findings from a survey of Master of Social Work (MSW) students regarding their attitudes toward religion in social work practice and their feelings of competence when working with clients who are Muslim. Our findings indicated that some students are uncomfortable working with Muslim groups. Interestingly, those students who are minority and non-Christian appear to identify with other oppressed groups and expressed attitudes of greater comfort and tolerance than their White and Christian counterparts. This suggests a need for a more comprehensive view of multicultural practice in social work education perhaps with a focus on cultural humility.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)91-104
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

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    Social Work
    Mental Competency
    Islam
    Students
    Religion
    Emotions
    Education
    Religious Diversity
    Muslims
    Humility
    Social Work Students
    Tolerance
    Minorities

    Keywords

    • cultural competence
    • cultural humility
    • multicultural
    • Muslim
    • religion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Student Attitudes Toward Religious Diversity and Implications for Multicultural Competence. / Abell, Melissa L.; Manuel, Jennifer I.; Schoeneman, Andrew.

    In: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, Vol. 34, No. 1, 02.01.2015, p. 91-104.

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    Abell, Melissa L. ; Manuel, Jennifer I. ; Schoeneman, Andrew. / Student Attitudes Toward Religious Diversity and Implications for Multicultural Competence. In: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. 2015 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 91-104.
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