ERIC Number: ED341929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Attitudes toward Money among Mental Health Workers: Extension and Exploration of The Money Ethic Scale.
Tang, Thomas Li-Ping; Gilbert, Pamela R.
Money has significant impacts on people's motivation, behavior, and performance. This study was conducted to further validate and explore the Money Ethic Scale (MES), an instrument developed to examine the meaning of money, in a sample of mental health workers in Tennessee. It examined mental health workers' (N=155) attitudes toward money, as measured by the MES, exploring how those attitudes related to demographic, personality, and organizational variables. The results of separate step-wise multiple regression analyses for the six factors of the MES scale (money is good, money is evil, money represents achievement, money represents respect, money represents freedom/power, and "I budget my money carefully") showed that males tended to feel more strongly that money represented respect and freedom/power than did females. The respect factor also was associated with Type A personality. Respondents who endorsed the Protestant Work Ethic tended to think that money represented achievement and that money was good. Respondents who claimed that they budgeted their money carefully tended to have high self-esteem, Type A personalities, be older, have low organizational stress, and have low incomes. Intrinsic job satisfaction was related to the attitude that money represented freedom/power, whereas extrinsic job satisfaction was related to the notion than money is not evil. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Money; Money Ethic Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (38th, Knoxville, TN, March 25-28, 1992).