Correlates of MSW Students’ Perceptions of Preparedness to Manage Risk and Personal Liability

Michael N. Kane

Abstract


Few studies in the discipline of social work have identified correlates of preparedness
to manage risk and personal liability among practitioners or students.
This study investigated predictors of MSW students’ perceptions of managing personal
risk and liability (N=116). Four correlates were identified from the standard
regression model that accounts for 43% of the adjusted variance. These predictor
variables included: (a) concern and worry about lawsuits (Beta=-.458, p=.00), (b)
understanding the fit between client advocacy and managed care (Beta=.328,p=.00),
(c) understanding agency documentation requirements (Beta=-.164, p=.05), and (d)
perceptions of field preparation for documentation (Beta=.162, p=.05). Implications
are discussed.

Keywords


Riskmanagement; documentation; career preparedness

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