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Spiritual Beliefs of Social Work Students and Inclusion of Religio-Philosophical Content in Social Work Education : A Correlation Study.

Sathyamurthi Karibeeran, R. Saraswathi Nandhini

Abstract


India is a secular country comprising of its citizens who were free to follow any religion they wish. Thus, there exist numerous religious practice however some of which are superstitious. Religio-Philosophical foundation in India had come into existence since before the existence of India. They were groomed with the faiths and beliefs which includes respect for others, self awareness, responsibility of protecting and conserving nature, non-violence and so on. Social work education in India had begun its journey since 1936 by Tata Institute of Social Science. The core values of the social work lies in dignity, self respect, worth and empathy whose foundation had been already laid in all minds of Indians through their religion. However, this study attempts to understand the religio-philosophical belief among 143 first year post graduate social work students and their opinion about the religious and philosophical content in the social work education. The study showed that belief and affiliation to the religions reduces from 50% to 2.1% and the opinion that religion’s influence in practice had been agreed at moderate and high level. This divulges into existence of an inverse relationship between the affiliations to religion with that of the influence of religion in the social work practice.


Keywords


Social Work Education, Religion, Philosophy and Spiritual Beliefs

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