This pilot study explores the relationship between self-efficacy and professional behaviors of a non-random membership sample of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) who practice in rural and frontier settings (N = 19). The New Generalized Self-Efficacy (NGSE) scale was used to measure provider self-efficacy; a researcher-designed questionnaire was used to assess the professional behaviors of conducting mental health assessments and providing supportive counseling to individuals diagnosed with cancer. Pearson correlation and two-sample t-tests were used to analyze data. While study results did not elucidate relationships explored, results revealed a disparity between participants’ overall high sense of professional preparedness and comfort conducting mental health assessments and the regularity with which they perform these functions of oncology patient care.
Overstreet, Lindsey R. MSW, LCSW; Kempson, Diane A. MSW, PhD; and Hermansen-Kobulnicky, Carol J. PhD, RPh
"Self-Efficacy and Mental Health Services Provided by Rural and Frontier Oncology Social Workers,"
Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crsw/vol7/iss2/6