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The Effects Of Discrimination On The Workplace From Social Worker 's Perspectives

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This qualitative study will explore the effects of stigmatization in the workplace from social worker’s perspectives, as they are the experts concerning this subject. This study will focus on the personal experiences of depressed social workers and will provide rich & detailed research findings. A specific and personal study of worker’s experiences is necessary to highlight the effect that stigmatization has in the workplace, how stigmatization affects workers as well as their quality of work, and most importantly what barriers exist, as they are crucial to a worker seeking treatment for depression. Whether or not a worker is able to seek treatment will influence their quality of work until treatment is sought. Social workers are both contributors and recipients of stigma regarding mental illness in the workplace (Manthorpe, Stanley, & White, 2007). How can a profession that aims to assist and empower those they serve continue to stigmatize the very people they employ? According to Martin (2012), depression is the most common single mental health problem in the world, and as many as 25% of people will experience depression in their lifetime (p. 1) and this includes social workers. Siebert (2004) noted in a study of 1000 members of the National Association of Social Workers that 14% of respondents reported current depression, 46% reported past depression, and 40% said they never had depression (p. 30). That study amounts to 54% or 1 out of 2 workers who reported
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