Professional and practice characteristics associated with self-efficacy in assessment and intervention among social workers in aging

Kelsey Simons, Sofiya An, Robin Bonifas

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This study examined professional and practice characteristics associated with assessment and intervention self-efficacy among gerontological social workers in Ontario, Canada who participated in online surveys. Results from multivariate analyses indicated that higher client acuity, longer duration of practice experience, smaller caseloads, and a greater proportion of clients 85 and over were significantly associated with greater assessment self-efficacy. Greater client acuity and smaller caseloads were also significantly associated with greater intervention self-efficacy. Implications for education include the importance of providing practical experience with the oldest old and with clients with greater biopsychosocial complexity. Also recommended is the need for manageable caseloads, especially when older adults with complex needs are part of the practice milieu.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-380
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 27 2016



  • Competency
  • education and practice
  • gerontology
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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