Social workers' attitudes to the law: an Israeli perspective

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In recent years, there has been a general shift towards integration and cooperation between lawyers and social workers, both professionally and ideologically. The goal of this study was to explore the general attitudes of social workers toward the law. The hypothesis was that, due to the recent legal and professional changes in Israel, social workers would express positive attitudes towards the law. For the purpose of this study, a closed questionnaire containing 25 statements regarding the law and its relationship to social work was used. The research population consisted of 202 social workers from Haifa and the Northern region of Israel. The findings of this study support the hypothesis that there is indeed a tendency to closer ideological and professional proximity between social work and the law in Israel. However, especially regarding courts and the litigation process, their attitudes in response to the statements were relatively less favourable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Attitudes to law
  • Law and social work
  • Legalisation
  • Legislation
  • Professionalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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