The purpose of this study is to explore how peer providers of mental health services may achieve job satisfaction as a benefit of removing barriers to their employment on professional treatment teams in community mental health centers. This study examined the degree in which role clarity, supervisory alliance, co-worker support, inclusion/exclusion in organizational processes and psychological empowerment were predictive of job satisfaction among peer providers. The level of interaction (organizational, intrapersonal and interpersonal) between the peer provider and the organization/work group as predictors of job satisfaction were also investigated by using groupings of the single predictors. This study consisted of a cross sectional sample of peer providers employed in community mental health centers on integrated treatment teams drawn from the membership of a national association of peer providers. Data was gathered using a survey implemented by internet and postal mail. An exploratory factor analysis and multiple regression analysis was conducted on data from 100 respondents. The exploratory factor analysis revealed a pattern indicating the importance of a sense of authority and independence to peer providers in their employment. The multiple regression found that only role clarity and psychological empowerment were significant single predictors of job satisfaction. Further analysis revealed that each level of interaction between the peer provider and the organization/work group significantly predicted job satisfaction. These findings have implications for the development of strategies for the successful integration of peer providers into treatment teams in community mental health centers and in the broader community.
|Advisor:||Severson, Margaret E.|
|Commitee:||Biernat, Monica, Holter, Mark C., Johnson, Toni K., Scanlon, Edward|
|School:||University of Kansas|
|School Location:||United States -- Kansas|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work|
|Keywords:||Community mental health, Inclusion, Job satisfaction, Peer providers, Predictors, Treatment teams|
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