Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction for Employed Adults With Multiple Sclerosis

Jian Li, Richard T. Roessler, Phillip D. Rumrill, Emtiaz R. Ahmed

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Given the high unemployment rates of adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the importance of job satisfaction as a predictor of turnover intention and job tenure, this investigation examined the relationship of perceived job satisfaction to social cognitive career theory and ecological model constructs. Highly compatible, the two formulations suggest that extent of job satisfaction is a function of personal or demographic, contextual or extrinsic, disability/health status, and self-perceived vocational situation variables. Based on responses to a national survey by 628 employed adults with MS, a four-block, hierarchical logistic regression analysis examined the extent to which the four variable groupings contributed to the prediction of job satisfaction. The following variables were retained in the regression equation: racial/ethnic status, satisfaction with current financial status, satisfaction with housing accessibility, illness duration, extent of job/person match, appropriateness of current work hours, and self-rated job performance level. Consequently, job satisfaction is influenced by multiple factors that counselors must consider in their rehabilitation planning and service delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-40
Number of pages13
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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  • employment
  • job satisfaction
  • multiple sclerosis
  • work adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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