Psychological Factors Associated with Job Satisfaction Among Counsellors in Rivers State, Nigeria

Opara, Ijeoma Margaret, Peter, Esther Ayeoweke


The study investigated psychological factors associated with job satisfaction among counsellors in Rivers State, Nigeria. Three research questions and three null hypotheses guided the study. The design of the study is correlational. A sample size of 520 guidance counsellors which was drawn from both private and public secondary schools through purposive sampling technique was used for the study. The instruments used for the study were Counsellors Job Satisfaction Scale (CJSC) and Psychological Factors Scale (PFS) which were developed by the researchers. The instruments CJSC and PFS were validated by experts in educational psychology, guidance and counselling; measurement and evaluation. The reliability coefficients of CJSC and PTS sub sections were 0.64, 0.70 0.62 and 0.70 respectively which were determined through Cronbach alpha technique for internal consistency of the instruments. Data collected were analyzed using simple regression analysis to answer the research questions while Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t-test associated with the regression were used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level. The result revealed that self-concept and motivation significantly associate with counsellors’ job satisfaction while locus of control did not significantly associate with counsellors’ job satisfaction. Based on these results, it was recommended among others that guidance counsellors should always be motivated to do their counselling job through regular payment, seminars and workshops.

Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Locus of Control, Motivation, Counsellors.

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