Paramount to multicultural social work practice is acquiring a comprehensive understanding of oppressed and vulnerable populations who often lack access to healthcare and economic resources. A practitioner’s self-awareness of social attitudes can provide a foundation for developing cultural competency skills. Using a pretest posttest design, social attitudes of Master of Social Work (MSW) students enrolled in a required social justice course were examined (N=85). A repeated-measure MANOVA indicated significant main effects on: 1) within subject factor of time on students’ cognitive attitudes towards racial diversity, affective attitudes toward racial diversity, and women equity following students’ exposure to the social justice course, and 2) between subject on the racial diversity affective subscale. Implications for practice are discussed.
Cross-Denny, B., & Heyman, J.C. (2011). Social justice education: Impacts on social attitudes. Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies, 3(1), 4-16.