Job Satisfaction and Intent to Continue Working among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness


P. Philip Tan

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Journal Article

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Psychological Reports

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This study investigated the relationship between job satisfaction and the intention to continue working in a sample of 87 individuals with psychiatric disabilities who worked in supported or supervised employment. Data were collected from respondents in Columbus, Ohio in 1996. After controlling for selected correlates (education, length of employment, contract type, social support, and attitudes concerning pay and toward work), standard multiple regression analyses indicated that job satisfaction was a significant predictor of intent to continue working. Analyses also indicated that respondents who completed high school and who said that they worked primarily for the money were less likely to want to continue working at current jobs. These findings may be used to improve the vocational success of individuals with psychiatric disabilities who work in supported and supervised employment.