Social workers' attitudes towards social welfare policy

Idit Weiss-Gal*, John Gal

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As social workers are widely called upon to take an active role in influencing social welfare policy, a better understanding of their views on the welfare state is crucial. This study examines the attitudes of 422 Israeli social workers from diverse social welfare agencies regarding social welfare policy. The framework for understanding these attitudes includes the notions of professionalisation processes, social work values, and the class position of social workers. The study's findings indicate that support for the welfare state is quite moderate and these reflect more the class affiliation of social workers than their professional values and the professionalisation process.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)349-357
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Attitudes
  • Class
  • Professionalisation
  • Social welfare
  • Social workers


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