This qualitative study examined several ecological aspects of medical social work practice that affect social workers' emotional well-being. Forty-seven medical social workers from seven hospitals participated in small group interviews in which practice experiences were explored. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze the data, with emotional dissonance emerging as a central theme. Community, family, and individual factors contributing to emotional dissonance are presented, and the effect of social support is examined. Implications for social work practice are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Social Work in Health Care|
|State||Published - 2003|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Keith R. Nelson is Research Assistant, College of Social Work, San José State University (E-mail: KNCW@aol.com). Joseph R. Merighi is Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, San José State University (E-mail: email@example.com). Address correspondence to: Joseph R. Merighi, College of Social Work, One Washington Square, San José State University, San José, CA 95192-0124. This research was funded in part by a California State University Research Grant and the Sybil Weir/John Galm Endowment Award.
- Emotional dissonance
- Medical social work
- Social work practice