Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Amos Ajo, Ph.D

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between social work supervision and employee job satisfaction. The study analyzed the facets of job satisfaction in order to ascertain which facet was the best predictor of job satisfaction for social workers.

Research was conducted through mailing questionnaires to members of the National Association of Social Workers, North Georgia Unit in metropolitan Atlanta. The study participants were selected through the systematic and stratified processes. A total sample of 121 respondents were utilized in this study. The independent variables of the study were gender, age, education, ethnicity, years of experience and professional orientation. The questionnaire consisted of three instruments. Carlton Munson's Supervision Satisfaction Questionnaire, Alfred Kadushin's Supervisor Satisfaction Questionnaire and the Job Description Index which was developed by Patricia Smith, Lorne Kendall and Charles Hulin. The Job Description Index measured the five facets of job satisfaction: work, pay, promotional opportunities, co-workers and supervision.

The findings of the study indicated a statistically significant relationship between supervision and job satisfaction; there was no statistically significant relationship between gender, ethnicity, age, educational level and years of experience and job satisfaction of social workers. Findings further revealed that there was no statistically significant relationship between gender, ethnicity, age, educational level and professional orientation of the supervisor and job satis-faction of the social worker; and of the five facets, promotional opportunities was found to be the best predictor of job satisfaction.

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