Reflective ability, empathy, and emotional intelligence in undergraduate social work students: a cross-sectional study from India

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/611366
Title:
Reflective ability, empathy, and emotional intelligence in undergraduate social work students: a cross-sectional study from India
Authors:
Stanley, Selwyn; Bhuvaneswari, G. Mettilda
Abstract:
The extant literature indicates that social work is a high stress profession owing to multifarious and complex demands of practice. There is also evidence of stress experienced by student trainees who aspire for a career in social work. Working with service users and the distressing life scenarios encountered on placement often involves negotiating complex emotions and requires reflective skills. Effective practice requires rapport building skills and the ability to demonstrate empathy is a core skill for effective practice. While there is a plethora of Western literature on these issues, the Indian literature has not adequately explored them. Framed against this background, this quantitative study collected data from students of all three years of their undergraduate social work course from a ‘women only’ college in India. Standardised instruments to assess empathy, reflective ability and emotional intelligence were administered. Statistical tests revealed a higher manifestation of these dimensions in final-year students than those in the first year. Further it was seen that the total emotional intelligence and empathy scores were positively correlated. Implications of these findings for the education and training of social work students has also been discussed in this article.
Citation:
Reflective ability, empathy, and emotional intelligence in undergraduate social work students: a cross-sectional study from India 2016, 35 (5):560 Social Work Education
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Social Work Education
Issue Date:
21-Apr-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/611366
DOI:
10.1080/02615479.2016.1172563
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2016.1172563
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0261-5479; 1470-1227
Appears in Collections:
FEHW

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dc.contributor.authorStanley, Selwynen
dc.contributor.authorBhuvaneswari, G. Mettildaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-01T11:13:02Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-01T11:13:02Zen
dc.date.issued2016-04-21en
dc.identifier.citationReflective ability, empathy, and emotional intelligence in undergraduate social work students: a cross-sectional study from India 2016, 35 (5):560 Social Work Educationen
dc.identifier.issn0261-5479en
dc.identifier.issn1470-1227en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02615479.2016.1172563en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/611366en
dc.description.abstractThe extant literature indicates that social work is a high stress profession owing to multifarious and complex demands of practice. There is also evidence of stress experienced by student trainees who aspire for a career in social work. Working with service users and the distressing life scenarios encountered on placement often involves negotiating complex emotions and requires reflective skills. Effective practice requires rapport building skills and the ability to demonstrate empathy is a core skill for effective practice. While there is a plethora of Western literature on these issues, the Indian literature has not adequately explored them. Framed against this background, this quantitative study collected data from students of all three years of their undergraduate social work course from a ‘women only’ college in India. Standardised instruments to assess empathy, reflective ability and emotional intelligence were administered. Statistical tests revealed a higher manifestation of these dimensions in final-year students than those in the first year. Further it was seen that the total emotional intelligence and empathy scores were positively correlated. Implications of these findings for the education and training of social work students has also been discussed in this article.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2016.1172563en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Social Work Educationen
dc.subjectEmpathyen
dc.subjectReflective abilityen
dc.subjectEmotional intelligenceen
dc.subjectSocial work studentsen
dc.subjectSocial work educationen
dc.titleReflective ability, empathy, and emotional intelligence in undergraduate social work students: a cross-sectional study from Indiaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSocial Work Educationen
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