ERIC Number: ED211914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Career Ladders of Mental Health Professionals.
Hartman, E. Alan; Perlman, Baron
Career research has generally focused on either career stages of individuals or organizational models but not on an integration of both. Mental health administrators in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were interviewed and completed questionnaires about turnover rates in their profession. Career types were identified and compared across job characteristics, reactions to the job, commitment to the job and withdrawal behaviors. Results indicated that there was general homogeneity across all domains. However, differences were found indicating that those with direct service experience and advanced degrees engaged in more general management activities. Withdrawal behaviors indicated that multiple direct service positions individuals were more affected by role ambiguity, conflict and overload. Those who did not begin work in mental health were more affected by role conflict and ambiguity. Implications suggest career types within mental health may have relevance for determining possible fit between positions and past work and educational history. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Oshkosh.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).