Journal Article

Poverty in the Eyes of the Beholder: Social Workers Compared to Other Middle-Class Professionals

Idit Weiss and John Gal

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 5, pages 893-908
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl340
Poverty in the Eyes of the Beholder: Social Workers Compared to Other Middle-Class Professionals

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This study examines the differences in perceptions of the causes of poverty of social workers and other middle-class professionals in Israel. A large-scale sample of 647 participants, of whom 482 were social workers and 165 middle-class professionals, was employed. Initially, the attitudes of the 482 social workers were analysed. The findings indicated that social workers preferred structural over psychological or individualistic explanations. However, a comparison between a matched subset of 165 social workers and the other middle-class professionals revealed that the social workers were not unique in their preference for structural explanations. The difference between the two groups was rather in the tendency among social workers to attribute greater importance to psychological causes.

Keywords: social workers; poverty; middle classes; Israel

Journal Article.  7138 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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