Improvement of Professional Identity and Empathy through a Joint-course Social Group Work among Social Work Students

Last registered on October 13, 2020

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General Information

Title
Improvement of Professional Identity and Empathy through a Joint-course Social Group Work among Social Work Students
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006583
Initial registration date
October 12, 2020

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First published
October 13, 2020, 9:12 AM EDT

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Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2020-10-19
End date
2020-12-30
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Abstract
As empathy is the core value in social work and determines ones’ communication skills, the current study aims to use a controlled experimental method to test the effectiveness of social group work intervention of empathy and social skills among college students. In the study, year 3 students who have already learned psychology, social psychology, and group work method courses were asked to lead groups of fresh college students on the topics of empathy, communication skills, and mindfulness meditation. They will conduct group work intervention on 60 students (N1) first, and the rest of 90 students (N2) serve as a controlled group. Then, 90 students will receive group work intervention. Assessments at three timepoints: baseline, after intervention on N1 and before on N2, after intervention on N2 will be conducted to compare the intervention effect. The current intervention will benefit both year 1 and year 3 social work students in their social skills and professional competence.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Jia, Xinshan Cindy. 2020. "Improvement of Professional Identity and Empathy through a Joint-course Social Group Work among Social Work Students." AEA RCT Registry. October 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6583
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
To improve empathy and communication skills for year 1 students, interventions of group work through 6 sections with warm-up, instruction of basic theory and knowledge, role play and practices will be conducted.
Intervention Start Date
2020-10-26
Intervention End Date
2020-12-06

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
For year 1 student: social skills including empathy and communication skills. For year 3 students: professional identity and social work competence.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Empathy is measured by Basic Empathy Scale (Jolliffe & Farrington, 2006) and Interpersonal Reactivity Index (Davis, 1983). Communication skill is measured by Interpersonal Communication Competence Scale (ICCS-sf, Rubin et al., 2010). Professional Identity is measured by self-constructed inventory and social work competence is measured by the Perceived Social Work Competence Scale (Wang & Chui, 2007).

Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
In the study, year 3 students who have already learned psychology, social psychology, and group work method courses were asked to lead groups of fresh college students on the topics of empathy, communication skills, and mindfulness meditation. They will conduct group work intervention on year 1 students.Assessments will be conducted to compare the intervention effect.
Experimental Design Details
In the study, year 3 students who have already learned psychology, social psychology, and group work method courses were asked to lead groups of fresh college students on the topics of empathy, communication skills, and mindfulness meditation. They will conduct group work intervention on 60 students (N1) first, and the rest of 90 students (N2) serve as a controlled group. Then, 90 students will receive group work intervention. Assessments at three timepoints (i.e., t1: baseline; t2: after intervention on N1 and before intervention on N2; t3: after intervention on N2) will be conducted to compare the intervention effect.
Randomization Method
Randomization will be conducted by computer.
Randomization Unit
The unit is class to avoid spillover effect.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
5 classes of year 1 students and 2 class of year 3 students.
Sample size: planned number of observations
150 year 1 students and 60 year 3 students.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
For year 1 students, 60 received intervention and 90 remains in controlled condition.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Is the intervention completed?
No
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