TH-P01-037-interactive - The relationship of social and monetary appreciation with psychological strain and job satisfaction during Psychotherapy Training

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Work stressors
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Interactive Poster Presentation
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1 hour 30 minutes
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O'Brien Foyer
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Employee stress and burnout
Work stressors
TH-P01-037-interactive
The relationship of social and monetary appreciation with psychological strain and job satisfaction during Psychotherapy Training
S. Schladitz*, M. Druege
 
 
Content: Purpose. For psychotherapists, who work in social settings rather than in financially competitive environments, factors of subjective career success (e.g. social appreciation) might be more important than objective ones (e.g. monetary appreciation). This analysis examines relationships between such indicators on one side and psychological strain as well as job satisfaction on the other side. The aim is to get a better understanding of which kind of appreciation is more strongly connected to those outcomes even in the early stages of becoming a psychotherapist.
Methodology. German Psychotherapy institutes and social media platforms were used to reach out to Psychotherapists in Training leading to a final sample of N = 568 for this study. Besides social appreciation, salary, and satisfaction with salary we assessed indicators of psychological strain (emotional exhaustion, cognitive irritation, and life satisfaction), job satisfaction as well as thoughts of quitting.
Results. Social appreciation can predict all outcomes, satisfaction with salary none of the outcomes and salary itself only predicts emotional exhaustion.
Implications. In conclusion, this adds more proof to the assumption that for psychotherapists, subjective factors of accomplishment in the form of appreciation may be relevant than objective ones.
Value & Limitations. The perspective of not-yet-licensed therapists adds valuable information to the research on conditions during Psychotherapy Training, but also limits generalizability to the whole profession. The cross-sectional design of the study does not allow drawing conclusions about the direction of effects; this is especially relevant when considering the perception of subjective indicators like social appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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