Staying or leaving? the commitment of social workers to their work

Rachel Kats, Shlomo Sharlin, Nurith Nahmani

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SUMMARY. The relation between sex, extent of employment, and commitment to their occupation and to their employing organization is analysed for social workers in Israel. Generally, the professionals in the sample were not strongly inclined to leave either job or occupation, unless presented with a strong incentive. Commitment in this sense was stronger to occupation than to one's employing organization. Least inclined to leave were female social workers employed part-time, followed by women who were fully employed; male social workers had the lowest attachment. A dominant factor committing the women, in particular those working part-time, to their occupation and particular organization was their family status-being married and having children. This finding points to the attachment being instrumental, rather than intrinsic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-458
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986

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* This is a secondary analysis of data presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Association in Haifa, 16-17 February 1983. The data reported on form part of a larger study, which was supported by grants from the Joint Distribution Committee and the School of Social Work, University of Haifa.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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