Sexual Harassment of BSW Field Placement Students: Is It A Problem?

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This research investigates the prevalence of sexual harassment in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) field placement settings. A survey distributed to a random sample of230 accredited field social work programs with a BSW component asked whether field students were harassed, who the perpetrators were, what corrective actions were taken, and if the program had a specific sexual harassment policy related to field placements. Responses from Directors of Field Education revealed that incidents of sexual harassment in BSW programs are relatively common, indicating the urgent need for specific attention to this issue in field placements. Furthermore, the results of this work, as well as studies of sexual harassment of graduate social work students, suggest the need for a coordinated longitudinal research effort among schools of social work to document the types of harassment occurring in field placements and methods of effective interventions.

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Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, v. 3, issue 2, p. 17-29