The Existence of Heterosexism Among Social Work Students and Its Prevalence

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Research oriented scholars in the field of social work have been concerned with the inadequacies of the use of research with practitioners (Rubin & Parrish, 2007). Social workers have tended to rely on supervisors and authorities for guidance in their practice instead of utilizing research studies (Mullen & Bacon, 2004). In recent years, evidence based practiced has been the latest attempt to bridge the gap between practice and research in social work education (Rubin & Parrish, 2007). Students of social work education will need to be able to comprehend research articles, analyze their faults, and utilize them in practice. The problem that is examined in this research study is the existence of heterosexism among social work students…show more content…
The last theme that came from the literature review is the rate of heterosexism among social work professionals. The small amount of research that is available on heterosexism is contradictory (Brownlee et al., 2005). One topic that could have been present through the literature review is the overall attitude and belief that Canadians have towards homosexual relationships. It would be difficult for social workers practicing in Canada to have positive feelings towards homosexuality if their values and government practices re-enforced heterosexism. Another topic that might have been of benefit in the literature review is the prevalence of homosexuality in Canada. Are there a high percentage of gay men and lesbians living in Canada? Are there instances of homophobia among practicing social workers? Are there people who are homosexual that are being discriminated against the helping profession? The authors did make their case for the importance of heterosexism among social work students (Brownlee et al., 2005). These students, upon graduation, will become professionals in the field. They will encounter many forms of diversity, including sexual orientation. Students of social work need to become aware of their attitudes and beliefs with different types of diversity in order to develop the skills to work with a variety of people. The authors would have made a stronger case for the problem of heterosexism among social work students if they had

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