Baccalaureate Social Work Graduates Respond: Is Sexual Harassment a Problem in Field Placements?

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This article presents the findings of a nationwide study that surveyed 990 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates concerning incidents of sexual harassment experienced while they were in their field placement. Results from the earlier work by Fogel and Ellison (1998) indicated that field directors were aware of incidents of sexual harassment during field placement. The findings from this study suggest that incidents of sexual harassment may be underreported to school officials. In addition, respondents suggest that social work programs do not actively pursue reports or remedy for the student victim. The authors provide suggestions for strengthening program policies and procedures.

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Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, v. 7, issue 1, p. 79-93