Date of Award

Spring 5-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. John R. Rachal

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. W. Lee Pierce

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. Linda Harper

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. James T. Johnson

Abstract

Self-efficacy has been shown to be an important element in the success of individuals in a variety of different settings. This research examined the impact of a two week new employee orientation training program on the general and social self-efficacy of newly hired direct care employees at state mental health facilities. The research showed that the training program did not have a statistically significant impact on the social self-efficacy of the new employees after the training or after one month on the job. The research also showed that the two week new employee orientation program did not have a statistically significant impact on the general self-efficacy of the newly hired employees immediately following the training. Lastly, the research showed that one month on the job resulted in a statistically significant increase in the general self-efficacy of the new employees. ii