This study examined the attitudes, self-efficacy beliefs, and concerns of social work students in relation to working with clients with developmental disabilities and psychiatric (mental health) issues in the UAE. A four-part survey questionnaire—comprising Participants’ Background Information, Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Concerns about working with clients—was used to collect data. The data were analyzed using Descriptive statistics, t-tests, Regression, and ANOVA procedures. The results showed that participants’ attitudes were less positive. They also reported low Self-efficacy beliefs and moderate-high concerns about working with these client groups. Some demographic variables (e.g. training) influenced attitudes and Self-efficacy. Implications and recommendations relating to curriculum, teaching/course delivery and practice are discussed.
- Disability & mental health
- United Arab Emirates
- social work students
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)