Objective : The aim of the study was to analyze the relationship between empowerment, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment among occupational therapists.
Methods : Data were obtained from 150 occupational therapists. Subjects completed a specific questionnaire, which consisted of four parts: 13 questions for general characteristics, 12 questions for the empowerment, 20 questions for job satisfaction, and 15 questions for organizational commitment. The empowerment score collected from occupational therapists was compared with categories of the general characteristics of the subjects, and relationship among empowerment, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment was determined by using the correlation analysis.
Results : The level of the empowerment perceived by occupational therapists was 58.72, and the meanings factor showed the greatest score among four categories of the empowerment. Statistical analysis for the comparison of the empowerment revealed significant differences in gender, age, educational level, employment status, marriage condition, and employment history. Significant correlations were found among the empowerment, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment (p<.05).
Conclusion : The findings indicate that the empowerment of occupational therapist may be affected by various clinical situations, and it has a strong correlation with job satisfaction and organizational commitment.
This study may be helpful to establish the specific strategies for improving the work efficacy of occupational therapists. This study will be warranted by further studies in this field.