Military veterans and their families have special needs that would benefit from social workers who have prior military experience and knowledge. Clinical social workers are often prepared to address the emotional, mental, and physical needs of different categories of clients with diverse backgrounds. While clinical social workers may be well equipped to address the needs of military veterans, social workers with previous military experience tend to derive higher job satisfaction when serving fellow military veterans. This quantitative research study investigated the relationship between the military experience of social workers who work with veterans and the job satisfaction of those social workers, with additional consideration of the length of service and gender. War-traumatized military veterans who seek supportive services can be adversely affected when social workers do not understand their military experience. Minimal research has focused on how social workers' assessment skills, specific to military populations, can fill the gaps in clinical competency. This study attempted to fill this knowledge gap in how military experience can lead to higher job satisfaction among social workers. The findings from this study indicate no significant difference in job satisfaction based on social worker veteran status, length of service, or gender when working with military veterans. Analysis indicates that social worker job satisfaction is influenced by not only their identification with the targeted population but also by other intrinsic and extrinsic factors. With larger sample sizes, future research may examine the intrinsic and extrinsic factors related to social worker job satisfaction while exploring social identities, including personal, professional, and veteran identities. The findings from this study might facilitate additional considerations for social work recruitment and educational competencies for social workers who work with military veterans as clients.
|Commitee:||Krabill, Paige, Mcallister, Joann|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Sociology, Health sciences|
|Keywords:||Job satisfaction, Military social work, Social identity, Social worker, Veteran, Veteran affairs|
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