Job Satisfaction Among Gerontological Social Workers in Ontario, Canada

Kelsey Simons, Sofiya An

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Little is known about job satisfaction among Canada’s social work workforce in aging, although social workers remain a key component of interdisciplinary care in health and social service settings. This study begins to address this gap in knowledge by examining individual, interpersonal, and job-design factors influencing the job satisfaction of gerontological social workers in Ontario. Data were collected via two online surveys with a sample drawn from the Ontario Association of Social Workers’ membership list (N = 104). A multiple regression model explained 37% of the variance in job satisfaction, F = 5.47[10, 93], p <.001). Three independent variables were significant (positive affect, β = .21; promotional chances, β =.21; and client acuity, β = −.18). The results suggest the importance of promoting strategies for enhancing job satisfaction, advancing promotional opportunities for social work clinicians, and providing educational and clinical supports to clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-571
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 18 2015


  • Canada
  • gerontology
  • job satisfaction
  • social work labor force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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