Institutional professional identity: the state of the art in research on social work

Telmo H. Caria, Paula Sousa, José Luís Almeida



This article has as main objective to question how the professional identity in Social Work is analyzed. It presents a review of the sociological literature, with a strong socio-historical vision, on the social theory of identity and, from it, draws consequences and hypotheses about the central place that higher formal education of social workers have occupied in the social construction identity of this profession. Based on this review, we arrive at an operational definition of institutional identity consciousness of social workers and make several methodological considerations about the use of a questionnaire to study this issue.

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