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March 1959

Status and Work Satisfaction of Psychiatrists: A Comparative Study of Psychiatrists in State Employ and Private Practice

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(3):399-402. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340150131017

This summary report on psychiatrists is based on an investigation of status and job satisfaction in five mental health professions. One of the implicit intentions of the study was to help explain difficulties in securing and retaining adequate numbers of well-trained personnel in state schools and mental hospitals. The need for such research is indicated in a report by the National Association for Mental Health listing shortages of personnel in mental health organizations.

We thought that low status of state mental hospital positions might deter prospective employees and that low work satisfaction might influence employee turnover. We therefore predicted that (a) job satisfaction and status in general would be directly related, (b) state institutional positions would be perceived universally as having lower status than nonstate institutional positions, and (c) the job satisfaction of state institutional personnel would be lower than that of nonstate institutional personnel. The present report is confined