Attitudes of social work students towards older people


Duyan G. C. , TUNCAY T. , Ozdemir B., Duyan V.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, cilt.19, sa.5, ss.764-778, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13691457.2015.1084269
  • Dergi Adı: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.764-778

Özet

Demographic ageing is a challenge for many countries. Even though Turkey has a relatively younger demographic composition, the proportion of the older people (65+) within the population is rapidly increasing. Within this framework, older people are becoming more important clients for both social work students and social workers in Turkey. This study aims to reveal the attitudes of social work students towards older people and determine the various factors that affect their views on older persons. In the scope of the project, Kogan's Attitude Towards Old People Scale was applied to 419 social work undergraduate students at a university located in Central Anatolia. The findings showed that social work students scored a mean of 130.96 and they generally had positive attitudes towards older people. The correlation between year of study, gender and age was not statistically significant. However, having lived mostly in urban areas was positively correlated with the mean Kogan scores and this finding was found to be statistically significant. Exposure to personal contact with older people at both the personal and professional levels was influential in shaping attitudes about the older people. Demografik yalanma bircok ulke icin bir meydan okumadr. Gorece genc bir demografik kompozisyona sahip olan Turkiye'de bile yal insanlarn (65+) nufusa oran hzla artmaktadr. Bu cercevede, yal insanlar hem sosyal hizmet orencileri hem de sosyal hizmet uzmanlar icin daha onemli muracaatc grubuna donumektedir. Bu calma, sosyal hizmet orencilerinin yallara yonelik tutumlarn ve yallara baklarn etkileyen ceitli faktorleri ortaya ckartmay amaclamaktadr. Aratrmada, Kogan Yallara Yonelik Tutum olcei 419 sosyal hizmet lisans program orencisine Anadolu'nun merkezindeki bir universitede uygulanmtr. Bulgular, sosyal hizmet orencilerinin 130.96 ortalama puan aldklarn ve genelde yallara yonelik olumlu bir tutum icinde olduklarn gostermitir. Cinsiyet ve ya ile yallara yonelik tutum arasndaki korelasyon istatistiksel olarak anlaml deildir. Bununla birlikte, daha cok kentsel yerlerde yaamayla Kogan ortalama puan arasnda pozitif yonde korelasyon bulunmutur ve bu bulgu istatistiksel olarak anlamldr. Hem kiisel hem de profesyonel duzeylerde yal insanlarla kiisel temasta olma yallara yonelik tutumlar ekillendirmede etkilidir.