What makes social work students implement evidence-based practice behaviors?

Yaron Shapira, Guy Enosh, Naomi Havron

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The purpose of the present study was to recognize the factors influencing social work students’ evidence-based practice (EBP) behaviors. The authors sought to examine the roles of attitudes, EBP feasibility, and familiarity with EBP in implementing EBP behaviors. Social work students (161 in total) completed a self-report questionnaire measuring EBP behaviors, feasibility to engage in the EBP process, sense of EBP self-efficacy, and attitudes toward EBP as well as a computerized task measuring implicit attitudes toward research. Self-efficacy and feasibility were found to predict EBP behaviors. EBP behavior was not influenced by explicit or implicit attitudes. Policy makers striving to promote the use of EBP should enhance the level of social workers’ EBP knowledge and promote EBP feasibility in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-200
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017

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© 2017 Council on Social Work Education.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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