Male Social Workers: Challenges and Opportunities in a Feminized Profession

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2008

Project Description/Abstract

This study of retiring male social workers’ perspectives on being in a traditionally feminized profession uses qualitative research methods to gather information about their professional experiences. We will explore the sources of satisfaction and the challenges offered by their careers as well as their sense of professional identity in a “caring” (or “nurturing”) profession. We are interested in the male subjects’ thoughts about the social work profession and their suggestions for improving social work practice and education. Participation in the study will offer subjects an opportunity to continue their contributions to the profession, and their perspectives may be useful in recruiting male students and assisting agencies in retaining male staff members.

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