Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology
The role of psychologists working in state psychiatric hospitals has been ambiguous throughout most of the last century. State psychiatric hospitals continue to provide care to patients with severe mental illness, and psychologists remain employed in such settings. Eight factors related to work engagement for psychologists in state psychiatric hospitals were explored, including geographic region, length of time in the field, length of time at the hospital, number of clients seen per week, number of supervision hours per month, job ambiguity, autonomy, and perceived social support. Results found that psychologists are engaged in their work in state hospitals, and three of the assessed factors, job ambiguity, autonomy, and perceived social support, were found to be significant predictors of work engagement. The identification of these three factors as predictors of work engagement in state hospitals highlights the need for hospital administrators to clearly define job roles, and for psychologists to ensure that they feel certain about their job role. Job ambiguity was found to offer the strongest negative prediction of work engagement. Further, the need for opportunity to socially interact with colleagues within the hospital is critical, and should be reinforced by hospital administration and encouraged by graduate training programs. A moderate level of autonomy was found to be the most predictive of work engagement, and offers new insights on how managers can approach the supervision of psychologists.
Ignatenko, Valerie, "Psychologists working in state psychiatric hospitals: An exploration of factors related to work engagement" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 5855.