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Title: A descriptive study of the relationships between work related self-esteem, job involvement and job satisfaction in four occupational groups
Author: Jakob, Roberto
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1980
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The major goals of the present thesis are to develop a measure of Work Related Self-Esteem (WRSE) for nonmanagerial employees, gather evidence on its reliability and validity and learn something about the nature and importance of this concept through correlations with other job attitudes. Particular attention is focused on job involvement and job satisfaction. The overall framework has a multivariable approach, with particular emphasis on the subjective outlooks and evaluations of the individual. 474 employees, consisting of industrial workers, psychiatric nurses, clerical staff and general nurses are surveyed. The reliability and validity of WVRSE, as well as its usefulness as a moderator variable are supported. WRSE is found to be the best predictor of performance appraisals, job satisfaction and job involvement. The motivational model behind WRSE is shown to be that of self enhancement rather than that of self consistency. Regarding job involvement, a significant inferrence is made from the results that high levels of it sometimes bring low performance appraisals, and that when coming in conjunction with a perceived inability to make decisions, it leads to long-term absences attributed to psychosomatic illnesses. In general, the results show that age and job involvement are the best predictors of intended length of service (explaining 35% of the latter's total variance). In one of the samples it is possible to explain a great deal more '(71%), with two additional measures original to this study, namely the desirability of the type of work in one's own eyes and in the eyes of significant others. Results partly support the two-factor theory of job satisfaction. A suggestion is made, following many of the results, that correlations tend to emerge manly when the variable(s) in question do not represent the person's main orientation, but nevertheless, remain significant to the individual.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Psychology Psychology Labor Management