Journal Article

Alternative Psychological Approaches for Social Workers and Social Work Students Dealing with Stress in the UK: Sense of Coherence, Challenge Appraisals, Self-Efficacy and Sense of Control

Stewart Collins

in The British Journal of Social Work

Volume 45, issue 1, pages 69-85
Published in print January 2015 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2013 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct103
Alternative Psychological Approaches for Social Workers and Social Work Students Dealing with Stress in the UK: Sense of Coherence, Challenge Appraisals, Self-Efficacy and Sense of Control

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Social work students and social workers are being encouraged to become more resistant to stress. Sense of coherence, challenge appraisals, self-efficacy and sense of control are important psychological concepts that are of significance in helping social workers and social work students become more resilient in their approach. Sense of coherence is focused on health and strengths. Challenge appraisals involve perceiving ‘difficult’ situations in more positive ways. Self-efficacy relates to beliefs and confidence in one's abilities to undertake tasks. Sense of control involves the exercise of personal and professional agency and one's capacity to influence and change situations. These psychological concepts are explored and their implications for social workers and social work students are considered.

Keywords: Appraisals; control; self-efficacy; sense of coherence; stress

Journal Article.  6475 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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