International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Social Work Students & Evidence-Based Practice: An International Comparison
Dr. Sally G. Mathiesen, PhD, LCSW

Purpose: Little research exists regarding the self-assessment of skills and attitudes of students in social work programs outside the United States regarding evidence-based practice (EBP). This descriptive study examined baseline levels of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors concerning evidence-based practice for students in a major Caribbean university and compared it to results from a US School that was in the process of integrating EBP into its curriculum. A standardized scale measuring these concepts in regard to EBP was used. Results: All students expressed generally high levels of confidence that their social work program was meeting key educational and professional standards. Caribbean students reported higher levels related to future use, while US students reported higher levels of knowledge. Conclusion: Greater access to and use of EBP databases to increase knowledge about effective interventions is crucial. Monitoring attitudes, knowledge and use of EBP over time represents the application of the paradigm itself.

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