Accession Number:

ADA091387

Title:

The Effect of Educational Attainment on the Job Satisfaction Level of Correctional Officers.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

The primary objective of this study was to ascertain the relationship between the educational attainment of correctional officers and their job satisfaction levels. A secondary objective was to ascertain the effect of ones educational attainment on his or her work alienation level. The findings suggest that correctional officers are relatively satisfied with their jobs and exhibit little work alienation. While no relationship was found between their educational attainment and their work alienation levels, an inverse relationship between their educational attainment and their job satisfaction levels was found to exist under certain conditions. This relationship was particularly prevalent in the response patterns of the younger and better-educated line correctional officers. The relationship did not hold among officers older than forty-five or among officers in supervisory positions. It is concluded that increasing the educational attainment of correctional officers without modifying their job skill requirements accordingly will most likely result in a lower level of job satisfaction. This is likely to be particularly true among the younger and better-educated officers. As a result, such officers will likely leave the corrections field and aggravate the existing high rate of personnel turnover. The findings of this study are consistent with the conclusion of the National Manpower Survey of the Criminal Justice System in 1978 that line correctional officers may not need a higher education to perform their present duties.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE