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NCJ Number: 229779 Find in a Library
Title: Job Satisfaction Among Psychologists Working in State Prisons: The Relative Impact of Facets Assessing Economics, Management, Relationships, and Perceived Organizational Support
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:37  Issue:3  Dated:March 2010  Pages:306-318
Author(s): Sally J. Mackain; Bryan Myers; Lara Ostapiej; R. Arne Newman
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 13
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined job satisfaction among psychologists working in State prisons.
Abstract: There is growing demand for psychologists to work in correctional settings, and high vacancy rates indicate that efforts are needed to attract and retain employees. Job satisfaction has been associated with a variety of work-related outcomes such as productivity and turnover. In this study, 73 master's- and doctoral-level psychologists working in 1 State prison system responded to a job satisfaction survey based on one developed by Boothby and Clements (2002). Respondents rated their overall job satisfaction along with satisfaction of 18 individual job facets. Three general facets, (a) economics, (b) perceived organizational support, and (c) interpersonal relationships, all significantly predicted overall job satisfaction scores. Ratings of facet importance did not moderate the relationship between facet satisfaction and overall satisfaction with employment as a prison psychologist. Suggestions for the future use of the scale in other correctional systems are outlined, including supplementing ratings with open-ended questions to better target setting-specific sources of discontent. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Correctional staff management
Index Term(s): Corrections decisionmaking; Job pressure; North Carolina; Pay rates; Psychologists role in corrections; Social conditions; State correctional facilities; Work attitudes
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