Accession Number : AD0724760

Title :   A Study of the Patterns of Interrelationships between Social Characteristics and Levels of Job Satisfaction of Army Social Work Officers and Their Retention.

Descriptive Note : Final summary rept. Dec 70-Jun 71,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Meyer,Gregory C. ; Leedy,Russell W.

Report Date : MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The study sought to explore the relationship of various social characteristics and the levels of job satisfaction of a group of social work officers (SWOS) with their retention in the Army Social Work Program (ASWP). At the time of study, 96 percent of the SWOs on active duty with at least one but no more than ten years service in the ASWP responded to the mailed questionnaire that collected the data for the study. According to their plans to stay or leave the ASWP upon completion of their obligations, the study group was organized into three groups for study--the 'staying group', the 'leaving group', and the 'undecided group'. Significant differences were sought among the social characteristics and levels of job satisfaction of the three groups, with emphasis on differences between the 'staying group' and the 'leaving group'. Significant differences were found between the 'staying' and 'leaving groups' on several specific social characteristics. However, these differences appeared to be the result of staying and not necessarily factors associated with retention. A high level of job satisfaction proved to be the only relevant and consistent factor related to staying. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ARMY PERSONNEL, *ATTRITION), (*JOB ANALYSIS, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)), (*SOCIOMETRICS, *OFFICER PERSONNEL), STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE