Low job satisfaction and burnout are common occurrences among those providing behavioral services potentially leading to absenteeism, turnover, low standards of service, and poor health outcomes. The current study explored the occurrence of low job satisfaction and burnout in this population. We disseminated a web-based survey composed of a series of sociodemographic and job-related variables, the Job Satisfaction Survey, and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. A diverse incidental sample of 183 practitioners currently providing behavioral services completed the survey. The results indicated that about two in every three participants were experiencing moderate to high burnout levels and about one in every three were experiencing little to no job satisfaction. A series of logistic models showed that social support in the work environment and supervision opportunities for trainees were key predictors of burnout and job satisfaction. We defined a socially supportive work environment as one with (a) several team members, (b) certified professionals, (c) frequent and positive interactions among team members, and (d) frequent and relevant staff training opportunities.
- applied behavior analysis
- Job Satisfaction
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- School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work - Senior Lecturer
- Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation