Title

The Retention of Public Child Welfare Workers: The Roles of Professional Organizational Culture and Coping Strategies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Department

Social Work

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to investigate how professional organizational culture and coping strategies (control coping and avoidance coping) related to workers' intentions to remain employed in child welfare. With a sample of 234 frontline workers employed in Department of Human Services-Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) offices in a state in the Southeastern region of the U.S., the current study tested a model in which coping strategies mediate the relationship between professional organizational culture and workers' intentions to remain employed in child welfare. Structural equation modeling was used to test the proposed model. Results revealed that professional organizational culture and control coping were significantly and positively related to workers' intentions to remain employed in child welfare. In addition, control coping mediated the relationship between professional organizational culture and worker retention. On the other hand, a significant relationship between avoidance coping and workers' intentions to remain employed in child welfare was not found. Implications of the findings for practice and recommendations for future research are discussed. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Children and Youth Services Review

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

102

Last Page

109