Perception and attitudes about military social work in Türkiye

Sakarya H., Şahin F.

Social Work Education, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02615479.2023.2200803
  • Journal Name: Social Work Education
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, FRANCIS, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Index Islamicus, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Keywords: Social work, military social work, military social work education, social work education, social work in Turkiye
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to examine Turkish social work academics perception and attitudes about military social work. This research is a quantitative study carried out with 131 social work academics who work for social work departments in Türkiye. Data were collected through a structured questionnaire based on self-report on participants via online survey and face-to-face interview among 2018. Results show that the majority of participants define military social work as a crucial practice field although ethical concerns and difficulty of carrying out professional practice within the military. Moreover, participants generally have a positive attitude about military social work and even though it is been different so far, they think that military social work must take part in social work education. The Turkish military system and the opportunities and challenges of military social work in Türkiye will be discussed.