Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Holosko, M. J.


Social Work.



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This exploratory-descriptive study reports data from a survey of third and fourth year undergraduate social work students. It explores factors that motivated their decision to pursue a career in social work. The sample was composed of 87 undergraduate social work students (48 third year students and 39 fourth year students) enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Windsor during the 1993-1994 academic year. Data were collected by means of a researcher-administered, structured questionnaire. Its' four sections included: (1) background information; (2) personal attributes and early life experiences; (3) professional opinions and values; (4) career choice and interests. Primarily, socio-demographic data including: year of study, age, gender, educational status, family type, and private practice, yielded significant statistical relationships with such dependent variables as: career fields of practice, influential life experiences, personal attributes, professional values, and age. Implications of the study are directed toward future research, social work curricula, and the social work profession in general. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .B84. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0599. Adviser: M. J. Holosko. Thesis (M.Sw.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.