Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate job satisfaction in terms of Holland's congruence theory. The sample consisted of 104 employees of an energy company. The six independent variables were congruence, age, gender, level of formal education, salary, and number of years in present position. Post hoc groupings of levels resulted due to a lack of an adequate number of responses in all cells. The dependent variable was scores from the Index of Job Satisfaction. Six null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level using three-way analysis of variance. A total of 23 comparisons were made plus 19 which recurred. Of the 23 comparisons 8 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Three of the 8 were for main effects. The significant main effects were congruence, salary, and years in present position. The 5 significant interactions were the following: 1) between congruence and gender, 2) between age and gender, 3) among congruence, age, and gender, 4) between age and level of formal education, and 5) among congruence, age, and level of formal education. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1) an association among congruence, gender, and job satisfaction, 2) an association among age, gender, and job satisfaction, 3) an association among age, level of formal education, and job satisfaction, 4) an association among congruence, age, gender, and job satisfaction, 5) an association among congruence, age, level of formal education, and job satisfaction, 6) an association between salary and job satisfaction, and 7) an association between years of experience and job satisfaction.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1990

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1990 Mada Cronin Walker


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