Ethnic identity and propensity for practice among african-descended msw students

Walter J. Pierce, Sharron M. Singleton, Rhonda E. Hudson

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This article explores the difference between ethnic identity scores for Africandescended MSW students who are native to this country, who are first generation born of immigrant parents, and who are foreign-born Black immigrants. The research further explores whether ethnic identity is associated with the students' commitment to work with their own ethnic groups. Results indicate that all three groups of students demonstrate high ethnic identity, and variability in group means was not statistically significant. However, statistically significant difference existed among the 3 groups on 1 of the measures of propensity for practice. Also determined was a significant relationship between ethnic identity and the propensity for practice items. Implications for social work education and additional research are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-421
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


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