ERIC Number: ED117330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Need-Reinforcer Correspondence Indices as Predictors of Job Satisfaction. Work Adjustment Project Report No. 48.
Rounds, James B., Jr.; Dawis, Rene V.
The report is concerned with the feasibility of matching people and jobs as proposed by the Theory of Work Adjustment; according to the third proposition of this theory, satisfaction is a function of the correspondence between the reinforcer system of the work environment and the individual's needs, with certain qualification. In the study, the construct of correspondence is explicated in terms of statistical measures and applied to the prediction of job satisfaction. Measures of needs and general job satisfaction were administered to 635 employees in six different occupations for which occupational reinforcer patterns had been previously obtained. Nineteen indexes of need-reinforcer correspondence were compared in terms of the efficiency with which they could predict general job satisfaction across the six occupational groups. Using the criterion of consistency of outcomes across occupational groups, the results show product moment correlation and d squared prime to be the best statistical indexes to measure correspondence. Implications for the operational and theoretical development of the concept of correspondence are discussed. (Author/AJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.