ERIC Number: ED205836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Age Differences in the Relationship Between Perceived Job Characteristics and Job Satisfaction.
Extrinsic job characteristics focus on the work environment and include working conditions, co-worker relations, supervision, company policy, salary, and job security. Intrinsic characteristics deal with the content and tasks involved in the job as well as opportunities provided for self expression and self actualization, e.g. the type of work done in terms of responsibility, variety, skill and autonomy, opportunities for personal growth, and feelings of accomplishment. Relationships between intrinsic and extrinsic job characteristics and job satisfaction among workers of different ages were examined. Multiple regression analyses ascertained the relative importance of 8 perceived job characteristics in relation to job satisfaction among a national probability sample of 1,533 workers. Role strain and financial rewards-promotion were included in the regression equations for all age groups. Self expression was relatively more important among younger workers, while supervision was relatively more important among older workers. The results indicated that both intrinsic and extrinsic job characteristics were strongly related to job satisfaction among younger workers while extrinsic characteristics were of relatively greater importance among older workers. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Metropolitan Problems.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Portland, OR, October 22-25, 1980).