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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Military social work, Military social work-Moral and ethical aspects, Military, Social work, Professional identity, Ethics, Army, Air Force, Navy, Qualitative research


This qualitative, exploratory study examines how active duty military social workers negotiate their dual roles as military officers and as social workers. This study used a demographic survey and semi-structured interview guide with open-ended questions to interview twelve military social workers. The primary research question was "What are the experiences of active duty social workers in negotiating their dual professional identity as both social workers and military officers?" The major findings focus on the differences between military and civilian social work and implications for military social work practice. Recommendations include the need for workload management as well as education for commanders on the roles and responsibilities of military social workers.




iii, 46 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-35)