Date of Award

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work


Social Work

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Eyitayo Onifade, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Narviar Barker Browne, Ph.D.


This study explores which factors are better predictors of job satisfaction by measuring the relationship between job satisfaction and organizational characteristics; job satisfaction and job task factors; and job satisfaction and personal characteristics among social work supervisors and administrators in the United States. The Afrocentric paradigm, which has the potential to address human conditions regardless of worker race, ethnicity, gender, social or geographical location, provides understanding for how social work supervisors and administrators utilize resources and roles to increase leader job satisfaction rates. An Afrocentric approach is used in this study to show how social work supervisors and administrators can be effective change agents and active participants in promoting levels of satisfaction, and in advancing the importance of leadership initiatives that focus on increasing leader job satisfaction rates. The Afrocentric paradigm provides a means for reducing stress levels and countering the negative images and challenges that prevent worker’s functioning at their highest potential. The merits of this study provide organizations an opportunity to draw from social work supervisors’ and administrators’ experiences to establish new ways to respond to the social service executive management challenge of maintaining stable social work leader job satisfaction rates.


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Social Work Commons