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Abstract

The survey’s aim is to address whether or not the practice placement of Norwegian social work students over six consecutive years in the Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus, Palestine, has had any impact on the attitudes toward women among the population in the Camp. To achieve this, two groups, one experimental and one control, of a total 261 respondents, have been exposed to the Attitudes Toward Women Scale (AWS) that is translated from English to Arabic for this purpose. Another research was to see if there are statistical differences between male and female respondents, and if there is an association between education level, socio-economic status, age, religious affiliation, and total AWS scores. The findings suggest that the students have had no impact on attitudes toward women within the camp population. However, a significant positive correlation exists between positive and egalitarian attitudes toward women and level of education.

Note on the Author

Erni Gustafsson is an Associate Professor of Education at Inland University of Applied Sciences in Lillehammer, Norway. He is as well a Nurse (RN, PMHNP) and have degrees in Family therapy and in Counselling. He have published papers on personality disorders, counselling, humanistic education in Ancient Rome and in Renaissance Italy. He have made research on anti-racists attitudes in 16th century Great Britain and published papers on experiences made by being responsible for Child welfare students practice placement at a refugee camp in Palestine. In recent years he has been the project manager in research on attitudes toward women, toward disabled and toward companion animals in the Middle East.

Nabil Alawi is an Associate Professor of American literature and translation at An-Najah National University, Palestine. He holds a PhD degree in American literature of the 19th century from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Alawi published research papers in the domains of literature, intertextuality, translation and teaching English as a foreign language. He also has a special interest in the study of cultural and social issues.

Per Normann Andersen is an Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Inland University of Applied Sciences in Lillehammer, Norway. He is a licensed educational therapist, has a master degree in special education and a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from the University of Oslo in psychology. He has an extensive experience from child and adolescent psychiatry. His research focus has mainly been on executive functioning, cognition, emotional and social regulation in Autism and ADHD. In addition to this he is also involved in research regarding Syrian refugees in Norway.

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