Social work students cope with terror

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This study examines the responses of social work students to the wave of terror of the Second Intifada, focusing on issues of professional identity raised by the terror. The study, based on statements of students who lost meaningful persons in the terror and on class discussions, identifies four key issues involving the formation of the students' professional identity that were accentuated by the terror. These are: (1) the conflict between personal needs and professional needs; (2) doubts about professional competence; (3) the conflict between carving out personal space and meeting professional responsibilities, and (4) the difficulties of doing fieldwork under terror. The study also observes the discomfort of the Arab students in the situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-413
Number of pages19
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Professional identity
  • Social work students
  • Terror


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