CORRELATION BETWEEN EARLY RECOLLECTIONS/WORKER FUNCTIONS CONGRUENCY AND JOB SATISFACTION IN THREE VOCATIONAL GROUPS

SANDRA LEE MORROW, Fordham University

Abstract

The early recollections of 75 employed, male and female subjects between the ages of 25 and 60 (sales agents, musicians, and secretaries) were examined to determine whether congruency existed between their life-style orientations and the worker functions required of their jobs. Interpretation of early recollections was found by Adler (1958, 1964) to be an effective method of identifying life-style, and therefore occupational, goals. The congruency was then compared to subjects' reported levels of job satisfaction to determine whether there was a correlation between early recollections/worker functions congruency and level of job satisfaction. All subjects gave three early recollections, which were analyzed according to the data, people, and things orientations judged to be present by raters using a manual developed by the author for the study. The raters assigned each subject a numerical code, which approximated the data, people, and things orientations of the worker functions codes taken from the U.S. Government's Dictionary of Occupational Titles (1965). The codes assigned by the raters to early recollections and the actual Dictionary of Occupational Titles workers functions codes identifying subjects' occupations were compared using intraclass correlations and chi-square analysis. Congruency was established between the data and people categories of early recollections and worker functions but not the things category. The Job Satisfaction Blank No. 5 (Hoppock, 1970), which was administered to all subjects, revealed that overall job satisfaction levels were observably high. However, when a Pearson product-moment correlation was used to compare job satisfaction levels on a subject-by-subject basis with the data and people ratings, in which early recollections/worker functions congruency had been established, no correlation was found. The established congruency between early recollections/worker functions in two categories suggested that with further development this comparison may be used in vocational assessment. Recommendations for future research included increase of the number of raters and job categories, development of a more specific measure of job satisfaction, and amendment of methodological and design problems by more rigorous training and clarification of terms. ^

Subject Area

School counseling

Recommended Citation

MORROW, SANDRA LEE, "CORRELATION BETWEEN EARLY RECOLLECTIONS/WORKER FUNCTIONS CONGRUENCY AND JOB SATISFACTION IN THREE VOCATIONAL GROUPS" (1985). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8508124.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8508124

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