Job satisfaction among detention officers: Assessing the relative contribution of organizational climate variables

Marie L. Griffin

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Abstract

Based on a survey of all detention officers in Maricopa County, AZ, this study tests the hypothesis that measurements of climate have a direct effect on a detention officer's level of general job satisfaction, and that these observed effects remain statistically significant when individual characteristics of the officer are controlled. Additional analyses test the hypothesis that male and female officers are influenced in a similar manner by organizational climate variables, although the magnitude of that influence varies by gender. Results suggest that climate variables have a greater impact on job satisfaction than individual level variables. The data, however, indicate a more complicated relationship between job satisfaction and gender. These results indicate a need to consider the conditioning effect of gender on the relationship between organizational climate and job satisfaction in such a highly sex-typed occupational setting as a jail facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-232
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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