College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

8-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

James Olson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Linda Montgomery, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Spencer Thompson, Ph.D.

Abstract

Knowledge, attitudes, and job satisfaction of long-term care workers were examined to determine if a relationship existed between these factors and if differences existed between licensed nurses and nursing assistants. Participants included 36 nurses and 60 assistants from five nursing homes in the Midland/Odessa area. Results indicated that nurses had significantly more positive attitudes toward (t(94) = -5.72, p<.05) and increased knowledge of older adults (t(94) = 2.71, p<.05) than assistants. In addition, more positive attitudes were significantly associated with more knowledge of the elderly (r(96) = -0.36, p<.05) as well as increased levels of job satisfaction (r(96) = -0.53, p<.05).

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