This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/05/14/0093854815582221.full.pdf+html
Balancing demands between work and family domains can strain even the most resourceful employee. When the tipping point of conflict between the two is reached, a negative impact on employee well-being can result. Within correctional environments, the psychosocial well-being of officers is critical given the potentially significant impact of having a “bad day on the job.” This study examines work–family conflict as it relates to job stress and job satisfaction within a diverse sample of correctional officers (N = 441) employed at 13 public, adult correctional facilities in a Southern state. Findings indicate strain and behavior-based work–family conflict and family–work conflict were significantly related to both job stress and job satisfaction.
Family and supervisory support were uniquely related to job stress, whereas supervisory support, education, and ethnicity were uniquely related to job satisfaction. Implications for correctional organizations are discussed.
Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course. In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of work-family officer stress conflicts, and job satisfaction.
Authors: Armstrong, Atkin-Plunk, Wells
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding complex trauma and aggression in secure juvenile settings. Specifically, a professional will:
- Identify the implication for correctional facilities to reduce incongruences that exists between work and family domains given the association of conflict with job stress and satisfaction.
- Distinguish what types of support leads to either job stress or job satisfaction.
- Describe work-family conflict as it relates to job stress and job satisfaction.
Citation: Armstrong, G.S., Atkin-Plunk, C.A., and Wells, J., (2015). The Relationship between Work-Family Conflict, Correctional Officer Job Stress, and Job satisfaction. Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi: 10.1177/0093854815582221. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here