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Sources of job satisfaction in intellectual disability services. A comparative analysis of human service professionals in schools, social services and public health-care in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (ORGID)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (ORGID)
, Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. . (ORGID)
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Abstract [en]

Background. This article analyses how sources of job satisfaction are articulated by professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities in schools, social services and health care in Sweden. Method. The data are generated from a larger web survey. Based on the interest in this article, analysis is based on a content analysis on 547 written excerpts from 333 respondent. Results. The data reports that experiences of heavy workloads and psychologically challenging work don’t contradict high ratings on job satisfaction. In the content analysis, job satisfaction was associated with five different categories: target group, social rewards, social relations, professional core mission and results/outcomes. The results also suggest that organisational context have impact on how the respondents rate the importance of the sources of job satisfaction. Conclusion. Our study adds to the research on human service professionals working and to a more pluralistic understanding of professionals’ work, conditions and prerequisites.

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Human service organisations, intellectual disabilities, job satisfaction
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119854OAI: diva2:925150
Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-04-29

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