Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Dinis, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Second Advisor

Anthony Bibus, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.

Third Advisor

Alan Ingram, JD, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.


This exploratory study interviewed 8 social work practitioners from a nonprobability convenience sample in the public and private sector, using a one-to-one semi-structured interview guide. Content analysis of interview transcripts identified major themes in the perceptions of social workers involvement or noninvolvement in political activity. Findings suggest that social work practitioners are involved in advocacy activity at both the micro and macro levels. There were differences in personal resources and interests of social work practitioners, that influenced political involvement or noninvolvement in both the public and private sector. The expansion of advocacy beyond casework to the broader aspects of macro policy practice and mobilization of practitioners with coalitions for collaboration of political activity in both the private and public sector was recommended. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2000.Skarohli.TA

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