Date of Award

Fall 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Pamela Parker Brangan

Committee Member

Patricia Damon Johnson

Committee Member

James Luton

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46 R52


A survey was conducted on 159 full-time dental hygiene educators in order to collect data on job satisfaction, morale, and perceived institutional/program effectiveness. Educators were chosen for the study by cluster sampling from two- and four-year accredited dental hygiene programs in the United States. The programs were selected at random from stratified groups according to type of institutional setting. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire which contained four major sections: demographic data, job satisfaction, institutional/program effectiveness, and feelings related to their position. Findings were analyzed utilizing contingency tables and Chi-Square analysis. No attempt was made to establish a cause and effect relationship between any of the variables present. Data analysis suggests that characteristics of burnout are evident in the profession of dental hygiene educators. Findings suggest that a significant relationship exists between institutional setting type and aspects of job satisfaction as well as institutional effectiveness and aspects of job satisfaction.


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