JOB STRESS AND JOB SATISFACTION LEVELS OF THE EXPERTS WORKING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTERS IN BURSA

Abstract

Author(s): Ay?e BAYINDIR KOAK, R?za GKLER

As in the world and in our country, increasing industrialization and technological developments as well as work stress and decreased job satisfaction have become an important problem that employees have experienced in their career. As is the case in all sectors, it is thought that high work stress and decreased job satisfaction in professional training and rehabilitation centers will affect the professionals, who provide the service, therefore the quality of the service in a negative way. This study aims to investigate the job stress and job satisfaction levels of the professionals who work in the private special education and rehabilitation centers. The current study was conducted in 10 private special education and rehabilitation centers in Bursa, and 150 professional experts participated in the study on a voluntary basis. The data were collected through two main instruments; namely, “Work Stress Scale” and “Minnesota Job Satisfaction Scale”. 150 the participants were from various districts of Bursa: 63% of them were teachers, 9% of them were child development experts, 13% of them were physiotherapists, 8% of them were psychologists, and the rest 7% were social service experts. The study results showed that the job satisfaction levels of the female participants were less than those of the male participants. The participants who graduated from high school and associate degree programs were less satisfied with their jobs when compared to the participants with BA and MA degree. Social service experts, psychologists, physiotherapists, and teachers suffer from higher level of stress than child development experts. There is an negative and significant corelation between the stress and job satisfaction.

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