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Job Satisfaction in Direct Support Professionals: Associations with Self-Efficacy and Perspective-Taking

Journal Article Training & Advanced Roles
June 12, 2020

Direct support professionals (DSPs) play a vital role in supporting and sustaining the life qualities of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs). This study examines self-efficacy as a psychosocial correlate for job satisfaction in DSPs and how perspective-taking functions as a moderator for the relationship between self-efficacy and job satisfaction. A sample of 133 DSPs responded to self-report measures for self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and perspective-taking.

Key Takeaways

The demanding nature of the DSP job can compromise job satisfaction.
Results indicate a positive relation between self-efficacy and job satisfaction.
Psychosocial concerns are an important element of training for DSPs.

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