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Joyce Everett

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Doctor of Philosophy


School for Social Work


Social work, Supervision, Relationship, Education, Self-efficacy


The Council of Social Work Education has identified field education as the signature pedagogy of social work. The current study explored 674 early career social workers' recollection of their second year supervisory relationship in an effort to clarify potential links between specific aspects of the relationship and workers' self-efficacy beliefs relative to commonly practiced social work skills. The Sample was gathered from a larger sample of practicing Social Workers across the U.S., with between six months and five years of experience. The study implicitly examined the construct validity of an analogy between the therapeutic working alliance and the supervisory working alliance. Results revealed that a supervisor's comfort with a supervisee's negative feelings, a flexible and negotiable stance in supervision, and an agreement on tasks in supervision were significant predictors of subsequent self-efficacy beliefs. The affective bond between supervisor and supervisee was not a significant predictor of worker self-efficacy beliefs


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204 pages : illustrations. Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-157)