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NCJ Number: 32757 Find in a Library
Title: JOB DESIGN VARIABLES AS CHANGE MEASURES IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Journal: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:315-325
Author(s): N D REPPUCCI; C W DEAN; J T SAUNDERS
Corporate Author: Plenum Publishing Corp
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Publishing Corp
New York, NY 10013-1576
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS INVESTIGATION IS AN ATTEMPT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT JOB DESIGN VARIABLES WHICH PROVIDE AN INDICATION OF JOB SATISFACTION MAY BE USEFUL AS EVALUATIVE MEASURES OF CHANGE IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY FOR DELINQUENT YOUTH.
Abstract: MANY STUDIES HAVE DISCUSSED THE CONCEPT OF JOB ENLARGEMENT, PROVIDING INCREASED CHALLENGE AND WORK RESPONSIBILITIES' AS A REMEDY FOR WORKER APATHY AND INEFFICIENCY. IN THIS STUDY, STAFF WERE ADMINISTERED A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE HACKMAN/LAWLER JOB DESIGN INVENTORY AT TWO TIME PERIODS SEPARATED BY AN INTERNAL OF 14 MONTHS. STAFF WHO WERE PARTICIPANTS IN AN INNOVATIVE INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE PROGRAM (WHICH PROVIDED JOB ENLARGEMENT) AT BOTH TIMES WERE COMPARED WITH STAFF WHO WERE NOT PARTICIPANTS AT TIME I BUT WERE AT TIME II. AMONG THE JOB DIMENSIONS ASSESSED WERE AUTONOMY, VARIETY, FEEDBACK, TASK IDENTITY, CONTACT, PARTICIPATION, INFORMATION, AND LEARNING. THE RESULTS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE NOTION THAT EXAMINATION OF THE PERCEPTIONS OF WORKING CONDITIONS BY EMPLOYEES MAY BE AN IMPORTANT METHOD FOR ASSESSING INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Comparative analysis; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Correctional personnel; Morale; Reform; Work attitudes
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