The Context and Pattern of Turnover Social Workers Have Experienced

사회복지사들이 경험한 이직의 맥락과 패턴

  • Kwon, Jisung (Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary) ;
  • Park, Aesun (Yeungnam College of Science & Technology) ;
  • Lee, Miseon (Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary) ;
  • Lee, Hyunjoo (Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary)
  • Received : 2013.08.28
  • Accepted : 2013.10.12
  • Published : 2013.11.30


The purpose of this study is to discover the context and pattern of turnover social workers have experienced. To achieve this purpose, researchers collected data from in-depth interviews with seven social workers who have experiences of turnover and analysed the data using context-pattern analysis method. Research findings are composed of individual context-pattern analysis and integrated context-pattern analysis. In individual context-pattern analysis, researchers mixed time-dimension(before turnover/on the process/after turnover) and level-dimension(experienced phenomenon/meaning of experiences/context connected with phenomenon and meaning) and analysed the context of every stages and serial pattern. Also, we connected with each contexts and patterns and integrated the context-pattern of turnover. Integrated context-pattern structure is divided for four areas; organization before turnover, organization after turnover, social worker as a stakeholder of turnover, and network of social worker. Based on the results of the study, administrative recommendations were suggested in order to manage the turnover of social workers in social work fields.


social worker;turnover;context of turnover;context-pattern analysis