Past studies have used small samples to look at associations between various factors related to interest in working with this population. The purpose of this study is to combine all of these factors into a model that illustrates interest in gerontological social work.
Methodology: A questionnaire has been developed based on past research in this area. Social work students in BSW and MSW programs across the state of Texas will be invited through student listservs and printed materials to participate in this study via on-line survey sponsored by questionpro.com.
Analysis: Multiple regression will be used to compare students reported interest in working in the field of gerontological social work (dependent variable) with
broad independent variables and subvariables. The independent variables include knowledge about aging; attitudes about aging; experience with the senior population and perceived opportunities in the field. Subanalysis will be performed to compare interest among students in urban and suburban schools with students in rural schools. Other subanalysis will include demographic variables (gender, cultural background and age).
Results: Using the results of this study, recommendations will be made for recruitment and education of social work students to increase interest in this growing field