ERIC Number: ED219678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Career Paths of Mental Health Administrators.
Hartman, E. Alan; And Others
Although career pathing would seem to have utility for mental health organizations, little research has been done on such activities. In a survey of 314 administrators employed in 109 community level, public sector mental health organizations, six career types of mental health administrators were identified on the basis of: (1) education; (2) homogeneity of work experience; and (3) number of service positions held prior to entering administration. Data analyses revealed that perceived role characteristics and personality variables differed across educational levels, while factors considered when taking another job differed based on the administrator's work experience. Administrators who began their career in mental health and had held two or more direct service positions engaged in more diversified and general activities than less educated or experienced administrators. The findings have implications for the areas of administrator selection, placement, and retention. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Paths
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (28th, New Orleans, LA, March 24-27, 1982).