Validating the Psychological Climate Scale in Voluntary Child Welfare

Wendy Zeitlin, Nancy Claiborne, Catherine K. Lawrence, Charles Auerbach

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Abstract

Objective: Organizational climate has emerged as an important factor in understanding and addressing the complexities of providing services in child welfare. This research examines the psychometric properties of each of the dimensions of Parker and colleagues’ Psychological Climate Survey in a sample of voluntary child welfare workers. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis was utilized to analyze data on 640 child welfare workers providing services directly to children and families. Results: Strong models were developed for each dimension. Each validated model was more parsimonious than in the original instrument but supported the theoretical underpinnings of each. Discussion and Applications to Social Work: Psychological climate in voluntary child welfare agencies can be assessed along each of four dimensions identified by Parker and colleagues: job, role, organization, and supervision. Those wishing to examine psychological climate in voluntary child welfare settings should consider using the models identified in the current research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Keywords

  • child welfare
  • field of practice
  • methodological article
  • predictive validity
  • psychometric study
  • quantitative
  • validity study

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Zeitlin, Wendy ; Claiborne, Nancy ; Lawrence, Catherine K. ; Auerbach, Charles. / Validating the Psychological Climate Scale in Voluntary Child Welfare. In: Research on Social Work Practice. 2016 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 203-211.
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In: Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.03.2016, p. 203-211.

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