The infusion of aging content into the social work curriculum has been the subject of recent discussion by social work researchers. Aging content is needed for ethical social work practice because demographic trends demonstrate that social workers will treat older people regardless of work area preference. Age bias precludes ethical social work practice. However, the infusion of gerontological subject matter may decrease age bias and may thereby promote ethical practice. The authors' research demonstrates that age bias exists among social workers despite attention to the phenomenon, lending support to recommendations for infusion of aging content into baccalaureate social work education. Baccalaureate social work education is an opportune venue in which to introduce work with elders.
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Research Article| March 01 2007
Infusion of Gerontology Content: An Ethical Imperative
Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (2007) 12 (2): 129–140.
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Jane Roberts, Rosemary Blieszner; Infusion of Gerontology Content: An Ethical Imperative. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 1 March 2007; 12 (2): 129–140. doi: https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-722.214.171.124
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