ERIC Number: ED273864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Factors Related to Job Satisfaction among Psychotherapists.
Ott, Donald Bob
This document reviews, synthesizes, and critiques research on factors related to job satisfaction among psychotherapists. A sample of burnout literature is also reviewed, especially as it relates to job satisfaction. The impact of training on job satisfaction is considered, with sections examining the need to match training with job descriptions, the need for alternative training models, and the relationship between educational level and job satisfaction. Variables related to specific work settings are examined, including rural versus urban practice, public versus private practice, careers that combine multiple work settings, perceived attitude congruence between staff and supervisors, and the social climate in the work setting. Sources of job satisfaction that therapists report as they develop a professional identity and therapeutic style are discussed, including promoting growth and change in oneself and others, becoming intimately and helpfully involved, and feeling respected as a professional. Most of the studies cited were based on clinical psychologists, although some samples included psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and other mental health practitioners. Research findings are discussed which revealed relationships between high self-reports of job satisfaction and practitioner-scientist models of training, recent entry into the profession, private practice, good staff relationships and the availability of clinical supervision, higher salary, autonomy, innovation, and gender (females being more satisfied than males). The report concludes with general critiques and recommendations for future research. Three pages of references conclude the paper. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Doctor of Psychology Research Paper, Biola University.