Factors Associated with the Intention to Work with Older Adults Among First Year Social Work Students in Israel

Noa Parizian-Steinberg, Yael Benyamini, Idit Weiss-Gal

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Abstract

This study examined a model based on the Terror Management Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to identify factors associated with social work students` intention to work with older adults. A cross-sectional study with a sample of 375 first-year Israeli social work students was undertaken. Attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control were directly associated with this intention. Contact with older adults was related to anxiety about older adults, which along with anxiety about self-aging, was related to the TPB constructs. The model explained 63% of the variance of the students` intention to work with older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-604
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume67
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Social work students
  • anxiety
  • attitudes
  • older adults
  • perceived behavioral control

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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