Factors influencing the turnover of frontline public child welfare supervisors

Austin Griffiths, April Murphy, Patricia Desrosiers, Whitney Harper, David Royse

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Frontline child welfare supervisors are a vitally important component for providing leadership in service delivery and workforce stability. This statewide study of public child welfare supervisors uses a modified version of a previously developed instrument (the CWEFS) to examine job satisfaction and factors influencing supervisors’ intention to leave. A consistent negative perception of salary was found but a stratified pattern of dissatisfaction emerged across other variables when examined by intention to leave (Stayers, Undecided, and Leavers). A Hierarchical Binary Logistic Regression Model identified two factors that predicted intention to leave: dissatisfaction with administrative support and workload impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-569
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 19 2020

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  • Child welfare
  • job satisfaction
  • retention
  • supervision
  • supervisor
  • turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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