Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: To determine if a relationship existed between personality types of physical therapists and job satisfaction in the geriatric setting.

Subjects: 52 licensed physical therapists working in the geriatric setting in Florida for a minimum of one year.

Method: The Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the Occupational Needs Questionnaire (ON-Q) were distributed to the subjects by the director of the facility. Surveys were then collected by the directors with the identity if the subjects omitted to maintain anonymity. Data analysis was performed to examine the relationship and determine significant findings.

Results: Statistical significance was found between personality subtype "S" and job satisfaction. This suggest that as an individual's "Sensing" score increased, job satisfaction increased.

Conclusion: There are many factors which contribute to overall job satisfaction. This study found that personality subtype may be one of those factors. However, future research is needed in this area.


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