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Title: A challenged professional identity: The struggles of new social workers in China
Author(s): Lam, Ching Man 
Author(s): Liu, Y.
Yan, M.-C.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: China Journal of Social Work 
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Start page: 189
End page: 200
This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study of how 28 new social workers in China experienced challenges during the early formulation of their professional social work identity in the workplace. Through social work training at the school, they had been taught that some key social work values were core elements of their social work professional identity. These values have informed their daily practice. However, negative experiences in the emerging social work field in China have hampered not only the advancement of their long term commitment to social work, but also have constantly weakened their fragile professional identity. In light of these findings, the paper proposes that universities, social work organizations and governments should work together to promote a better environment for new social workers and to help them continue in the field. To obtain official support and public recognition towards social work, to delineate the role, responsibilities and authority of this profession in the social service system, the creation of a job induction plan and a professional supervision system are essential for future social work development in China.

DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2012.721166
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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