Measuring the impact of public perceptions on child welfare workers

Catherine K. Lawrence, Wendy Zeitlin, Charles Auerbach, Sreyashi Chakravarty, Shauna Rienks

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Abstract

The Public Perceptions of Child Welfare Scale measures how the social environment influences child welfare workers, including their job satisfaction and intent to leave. Psychometric studies have validated the scale for private child welfare workers, but there are no validation studies with public agency staff. This study fills that gap, showing stigma and respect are important constructs that also predict worker intent to leave. This research found an additional construct, blame, which was not present in private worker validation studies. The scale provides an important tool for the field as we continue to build evidence for effective recruitment and retention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-418
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • Scale validation
  • environmental factors
  • private and pubic workforce
  • public perceptions
  • recruitment and retention

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Lawrence, Catherine K. ; Zeitlin, Wendy ; Auerbach, Charles ; Chakravarty, Sreyashi ; Rienks, Shauna. / Measuring the impact of public perceptions on child welfare workers. In: Journal of Public Child Welfare. 2019 ; Vol. 13, No. 4. pp. 401-418.
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In: Journal of Public Child Welfare, Vol. 13, No. 4, 08.08.2019, p. 401-418.

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