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Supervision practices in allied mental health : relationships of supervision characteristics to perceived impact and job satisfaction

Kavanagh, David J., Spence, Susan H. , Strong, Jenny, Willson, Jill, Sturk, Heidi, & Crow, Natasha (2003) Supervision practices in allied mental health : relationships of supervision characteristics to perceived impact and job satisfaction. Mental Health Services Research, 5(4), pp. 187-195.

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Abstract

This study examined whether supervision characteristics impacted on mental health practice and morale, and developed a new Supervision Attitude Scale (SAS). Telephone surveys were conducted with a representative sample of 272 staff from public mental health services across Queensland. Although supervision was widely received and positively rated, it had low average intensity, and assessment and training of skills was rarely incorporated. Perceived impact on practice was associated with acquisition of skills and positive attitudes to supervisors, but extent of supervision was related to impact only if it was from within the profession. Intention to resign was unrelated to extent of supervision, but was associated with positive attitudes to supervisors, accessibility, high impact, and empathy or praise in supervision sessions. The SAS had high internal consistency, and its intercorrelations were consistent with it being a measure of relationship positivity. The study supported the role of supervision in retention and in improving practice. It also highlighted supervision characteristics that might be targeted in training, and provided preliminary data on a new measure.

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ID Code: 28728
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Supervision, Mental health, Allied health
DOI: 10.1023/A:1026223517172
ISSN: 1522-3434
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2009 16:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:10

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