Current job satisfaction among mental health professionals in Australia

Helmes, Edward, Chang, Paul P.W., Cohen, Lynne, and Pike, Lisbeth T. (2004) Current job satisfaction among mental health professionals in Australia. Network, 16 (1). pp. 55-59.

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Abstract

Mental health professionals are subject to the same types of job/related stress as are other workers. This report contrasts the perceived stress levels of three groups of mental health professionals: clinical and counselling psychologists and social workers. An anonymous mail survey of 400 members of each group resulted in a response rate of 34%. The results indicated that social workers were significantly less ssatisfied with their job, experienced more work-related stress, and were more likely to be seeking alternative employment than were either group of psychologists. Further analysis suggested the importance of work setting in that a higher proportion of psychologists were self-employed than was the case for social workers, who largely worked within the public sector. The results highlight the imiportance of organisational factors contributing to the stress of mental health workers.

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Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1320-7741
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010 03:02
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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