The Contribution of Role Characteristics and Supervisory Functions to Supervision Effectiveness

Shlomit Weiss-Dagan, Anat Ben-Porat, Haya Itzhaky

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Abstract

This study examined the factors that contribute to the perceived effectiveness of supervision for child welfare workers. Specifically, we examined role characteristics such as: exposure to child abuse cases, years of work experience, and role stress, as well as the supervisory functions of administration, education, and emotional support to effectiveness of supervision. The findings revealed that the supervisory function of administration, as well as social workers’ high exposure to child abuse cases and role stress, correlated negatively with perceived supervision effectiveness. In contrast, the use of the supervisory functions of education and support correlated positively with perceived supervision effectiveness. The findings suggest that high exposure to child abuse cases and role stress can impair social workers’ ability to benefit from effective supervision. In addition, the study highlights the importance of the supervisory functions of support and education and their positive impact on this population of social workers in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • Child protection workers
  • Cross-sectional
  • Effective supervision
  • Supervisory functions

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