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An investigation of mental health and personality in Swedish social work students upon entry to university training
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 17, no 4, 572-586 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aims were to describe Swedish social work students’ personality characteristicsupon entry to their training and to analyze relationships between personality traits,mental health, and some sociodemographic variables. One hundred and twenty-onefemale social work students completed a sociodemographic form, the Temperamentand Character Inventory, and the Symptom Checklist. They scored significantly higheron harm avoidance, reward dependence, and self-transcendence and reported moresomatization, obsessive compulsive, and phobic-anxious symptoms, and less hostility,than Swedish individuals from the general population of the same age. Personalitytraits significantly predicted the various mental symptom scores. It is recommended toimplement modules or training courses within social work training in Sweden that bring an improvement of self-directedness and cooperativeness character trait intofocus.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet är att beskriva svenska socionomstudenternas personlighetsdrag vid början av sin utbildning och att analysera relationerna mellan personlighetsdrag, psykisk hälsa och vissa sociodemografiska variabler. Etthundra tjugoen kvinnliga socionomstudenter deltog i studien genom att fylla i ett socio-demografisk frågeformulär, ett frågeformulär om temperament och karaktär inventory (TCI) och Symtom-checklistan (SCL-90). Resultaten visade att studenterna låg betydligt högre på skalan beträffande ‘harm avoidance,’ ‘reward dependence,’ och ‘self-transcendence.’ Studenterna rapporterade även mer somatisering, tvångssyndrom, fobisk-ängsliga symptom och mindre fientlighet, än svenskar ur den allmänna befolkningen i samma ålder. Socionomstudenternas personlighetsdrag är en indikator på dessa symtom. Vi rekommenderar att kurser implementeras inom universitetsutbildningen i ämnet socialt arbete med särskilt fokus på att öka på studenternas ‘self-directedness’ och ‘cooperativness.’

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2014. Vol. 17, no 4, 572-586 p.
Keyword [en]
personality, social work student, temperament, character, mental health, social work students
Keyword [sv]
Temperament, karaktär, psykisk hälsa, socionomstudenter
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Social Work
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82785DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2013.844684ISI: 000341278100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-82785DiVA: diva2:663263
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Published online: 30 Oct 2013

Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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