Retaining physical therapists in North Carolina public schools Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Ray, Laurie
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • The intent of this research was to describe school-based physical therapists in North Carolina (NC) and examine relationships between personality traits of this group, their job satisfaction and their perception of factors that influence decisions to remain at or leave their jobs. School-based physical therapists across NC (n=97) anonymously completed a web-based survey. The web-based survey was comprised of three separate survey instruments: *Big Five Factors Mini-Markers, a personality assessment, *Measure of Job Satisfaction, a job satisfaction assessment and *a demographic questionnaire asking about participants their work environments, personal and professional lives Results suggested that school-based physical therapists want to stay on the job and are motivated by: the meaningfulness of the work, making a difference, the schedule, autonomy and teamwork. Poor opportunity for career development and advancement along with paperwork, inadequate salary and inadequate administrative support encourages them to consider leaving. Small administrative adjustments can improve job satisfaction and may ensure students with disabilities have access to these professionals in every school.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation."
  • Erickson, Karen A.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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