The importance of racial concordance and the childhood experiences of Black students and practicing clinicians in the field of social work

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Karber, Candice Tara
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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This study was conducted in order to examine the relationship between practicing social work clinicians' and students' attitudes toward racial concordance as a precursor to a positive therapeutic outcome, while exploring the possible predictors of such attitudes based on their background childhood experiences and their scores on the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity (MIBI). Sixty-eight subjects were used in the web based data collection process. Preliminary data concluded that most participants (89.6%) thought that racial concordance was an important factor in order to foster a positive therapeutic experience. In addition, the majority (61.2%) of participants thought racial concordance was a somewhat to extremely important issue from a clinician's perspective. However, there were no significant findings related to differences in background childhood experiences or their scores on the MIBI as predictors of attitudes towards racial concordance. Limitations of this study as well as implications for further research and social work training are discussed.