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Article: Developing emotional competence of social workers of end-of-life and Bereavement Care

TitleDeveloping emotional competence of social workers of end-of-life and Bereavement Care
Authors
KeywordsBereavement care
Death anxiety
Emotional competence
End-of-life care
Regrets
Social work and health
Issue Date2013
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
The British Journal of Social Work, 2013, v. 43 n. 2, p. 373-393 How to Cite?
AbstractFacing an excessive number of deaths and the intense emotions of bereaved family members, social workers who work with dying and bereaved persons are confronted with exceptional emotional challenges. Based on two models of death anxiety, an education programme was developed with different experiential exercises with the aim of enhancing the emotional competence of social workers in Hong Kong. Through working with regrets and meaningfulness, the programme aims at reducing personal death anxiety, hopefully reducing the distress and non-empathetic responses of the social workers. An effectiveness study with 385 participants was carried out. Data were collected at three time points (pre, post and follow-up) to capture the changes over time. The programme is considered successful as, according to the statistics gathered, the major outcomes of work comfort and competence level improved. Statistically significant changes across time were found in death anxiety and meaningfulness. Moreover, correlations were found between death anxiety and competence and comfort level. It is anticipated that the programme can be used and tested by social work educators and other helping professionals in other parts of the world. © 2013 The Author.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209562
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.027
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.771

 

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dc.contributor.authorChow, AYM-
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-29T01:39:41Z-
dc.date.available2015-04-29T01:39:41Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationThe British Journal of Social Work, 2013, v. 43 n. 2, p. 373-393-
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/209562-
dc.description.abstractFacing an excessive number of deaths and the intense emotions of bereaved family members, social workers who work with dying and bereaved persons are confronted with exceptional emotional challenges. Based on two models of death anxiety, an education programme was developed with different experiential exercises with the aim of enhancing the emotional competence of social workers in Hong Kong. Through working with regrets and meaningfulness, the programme aims at reducing personal death anxiety, hopefully reducing the distress and non-empathetic responses of the social workers. An effectiveness study with 385 participants was carried out. Data were collected at three time points (pre, post and follow-up) to capture the changes over time. The programme is considered successful as, according to the statistics gathered, the major outcomes of work comfort and competence level improved. Statistically significant changes across time were found in death anxiety and meaningfulness. Moreover, correlations were found between death anxiety and competence and comfort level. It is anticipated that the programme can be used and tested by social work educators and other helping professionals in other parts of the world. © 2013 The Author.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofThe British Journal of Social Work-
dc.subjectBereavement care-
dc.subjectDeath anxiety-
dc.subjectEmotional competence-
dc.subjectEnd-of-life care-
dc.subjectRegrets-
dc.subjectSocial work and health-
dc.titleDeveloping emotional competence of social workers of end-of-life and Bereavement Care-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChow, AYM: chowamy@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChow, AYM=rp00623-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bct030-
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dc.identifier.volume43-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage373-
dc.identifier.epage393-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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