Job Satisfaction of Elementary School Counselors: A New Look.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the current job satisfaction level of elementary school counselors in Virginia and compare the results with counselors surveyed in 1988 and 1995. A demographic data form and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire were completed by 301 counselors to measure their job satisfaction level. Results indicated that counselors surveyed in 2001 were satisfied with their jobs, however, overall job satisfaction decreased during the past decade. As the 21st century dawns, school counselors continue to occupy a crucial position in the lives of young people. Numerous challenges confront both school counselors and students as they endeavor to meet the demands of contemporary life (Cunningham & Sandhu, 2000; Gysbers, Lapan, & Blair, 1999; Herr, 2001). Elementary school counselors have long been one of the first lines of defense for students against the adverse effects of unhealthy, toxic environments. Much empirical research exists to support the positive affects that elementary school counselors have on students’ academic and personal development (Borders & Drury, 1992; Lee, 1993; Miller, 1989; Paisley & Borders, 1995). Yet, as elementary school counselors strive to meet students’ needs, their roles are often thwarted or seen as unessential (Hardesty & Dillard, 1994).

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