Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling Psychology & Community Services

First Advisor

Cindy L. Juntunen


The current study employed online collection of self-report demographic data as

well self-report aspects of job satisfaction such as: positive affectivity, self-efficacy,

work-related goal progress, work-related goal support, and work conditions. Each

consenting participant completed the same set of online questionnaires. Several

participants chose to expand upon some of the unique stressors they experience as rural

mental health providers in follow-up emails. Results of path analysis did not find the

expected fit of observed data to the proposed structural model. Multiple regression

analyses provided data about the importance of positive affectivity, work conditions,

work-related goal support, and work-related goal progress to job satisfaction as reported

by the rural mental health providers sampled. Implications for theory, research, and

clinical practice are presented.