Date of Award

Summer 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Pamela P. Brangan

Committee Member

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Deborah Bauman

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46H84


A survey was conducted to determine differences in job satisfaction which may exist among dental hygienists employed in private practice positions, public health positions, and dental hygiene education positions. A modified version of the questionnaire developed by the Washington State Dental Auxiliaries Project was mailed to all public health dental hygienists, all dental hygiene educators, and a randomized sample containing ten percent of private practice employed dental hygienists residing in North Carolina for a total of 334 participants. From a 76 percent response rate, results indicated that dental hygiene educators feel more satisfied overall than private practice dental hygienists and public health dental hygienists, as revealed by analysis of variance. The investigation revealed statistically significant differences among the three occupational groups regarding opportunity to develop professionally with educators ranked first, job security with private practitioners most satisfied, time pressure with private practitioners ranked first, and general job satisfaction with public health dental hygienists most satisfied.


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