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Examining the temporal relationship between psychological climate, work attitude, and staff turnover

Citation

Garner, B. R., & Hunter, B. D. (2013). Examining the temporal relationship between psychological climate, work attitude, and staff turnover. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(2), 193-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.05.002

Abstract

Relative to the broader industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology field, research on the turnover of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment staff is in its infancy. Despite its long and rich history, recent reviews of the turnover literature within I-O psychology have noted that there remains considerable room for improvement. In particular, recommendations have been made for research that considers time in the turnover process and explores more distal causes of staff turnover. Addressing these gaps, this article examined the temporal relationship between latent measures of psychological climate, work attitude, and staff turnover. Using data from 95 SUD treatment staff clustered within 29 treatment organizations, multilevel discrete-time survival analyses revealed that a latent measure of work attitude (e.g., job satisfaction, pay satisfaction, turnover intentions) fully mediated the temporal relationship between latent measures of psychological climate (e.g., supervisor support, coworker support, role conflict) and subsequent staff turnover.