Childhood Adversity and Self-Care Education for Undergraduate Social Work and Human Services Students

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Newcomb, Michelle, Burton, Judith and Edwards, Niki. 2017. "Childhood Adversity and Self-Care Education for Undergraduate Social Work and Human Services Students." Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 37 (4), pp. 337-352. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1345821
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Childhood Adversity and Self-Care Education for Undergraduate Social Work and Human Services Students

ERA Journal ID36230
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNewcomb, Michelle (Author), Burton, Judith (Author) and Edwards, Niki (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Journal of Teaching in Social Work: innovations in instruction, training and educational practice
Journal Citation37 (4), pp. 337-352
Number of Pages16
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0884-1233
1540-7349
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1345821
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08841233.2017.1345821
Abstract

Many students pursuing social work and human services courses have experienced adverse childhoods. This article focuses on their learning about self-care, an important skill for future practice. Interviews with 20 undergraduate students with a history of childhood adversity found unmet needs both for conceptualizing self-care and developing strategies to implement self-care in their day-to-day lives. Many cited limited role modelling and little importance placed on self-care during childhood. Teaching self-care is conceptualized as not only a core skill for practice but also an equity issue for students with a history of childhood adversity.

Keywordschildhood adversity; higher education; self-care; teaching research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440999. Social work not elsewhere classified
390303. Higher education
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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