Perceptions of Job Stress and Satisfaction Among School-Based SLPs: Challenges Versus Rewards This study utilized a survey design to gather information regarding caseload and employment factors affecting school-based speech-language pathologists' (SLP) perceptions of job stress and job satisfaction. Results indicated that respondents experienced relatively low levels of job stress and high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of respondents (95%) reported being ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2008
Perceptions of Job Stress and Satisfaction Among School-Based SLPs: Challenges Versus Rewards
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lena G. Caesar
    Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
  • Nickola Wolf Nelson
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
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School-Based Settings / Practice Management / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2008
Perceptions of Job Stress and Satisfaction Among School-Based SLPs: Challenges Versus Rewards
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2008, Vol. 9, 126-134. doi:10.1044/sbi9.4.126
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2008, Vol. 9, 126-134. doi:10.1044/sbi9.4.126
Abstract

This study utilized a survey design to gather information regarding caseload and employment factors affecting school-based speech-language pathologists' (SLP) perceptions of job stress and job satisfaction. Results indicated that respondents experienced relatively low levels of job stress and high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of respondents (95%) reported being somewhat satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs, while only one-third of respondents (35%) reported experiencing serious work problems. With the exception of caseload size, no significant relationships were found between caseload factors and job stress or satisfaction. However, one employment factor (paperwork) was a consistent predictor of all three stress measures. An analysis of open-ended responses indicated that responding SLPs were more challenged by employment-related factors than by student-related issues. Implications regarding the critical shortage of SLPs will be presented.

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