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Job satisfaction in high risk disaster city group homes
by Horne, Anita F., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2013, 130; 3577288
Abstract (Summary)

High staff turnover in private group homes decreases organizational stability. There are a large number of developmentally disabled individuals in group homes of the high risk disaster city of New Orleans, indicating the need for stability from high staff turnover indicated by job satisfaction. The problem investigated in this study was the recognized difficulty in maintaining job satisfaction in order to retain staff in group homes of the high risk disaster city of New Orleans. The purpose of this study was to examine what factors contribute to job satisfaction. The variables examined were hours worked per week, years of service, salary, and employee benefits. A quantitative research study was employed to determine what factors significantly contributed to job satisfaction using a multiple regression methodology. The population in this study included direct service workers compiled of caregivers, nurses, and managers within three organizations facilitating group homes in the New Orleans area. From this population of employees the sample size resulted in 163 direct service workers. Questionnaires were used to collect data using Spector’s (1985) Job Satisfaction Survey as the instrument. A multiple regression design was used to analyze the factors influencing job satisfaction. Findings in the study determined that employee benefits significantly contributed to job satisfaction wherein hours worked per week, years of service, and salaries were not significant predictors of job satisfaction. Statistically significant results for benefits received resulted in t = 2.99 and p = .003. The results of the study provided insight into high risk disaster area group homes wherein managing staff turnover is specifically difficult.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gessert, Gail
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Group homes, Job satisfaction, New Orleans, Staff retention, Staff turnover
Publication Number: 3577288
ISBN: 978-1-303-59299-7
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