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The Impact of Comparisons on the Satisfaction of Interscholastic Coaches of Girls’ Sports


  • Michael Smucker


  • Warren Whisenant


According to previous work in the coaching field, job satisfaction has been found to be an important work related variable, critical to retention and turnover of female coaches [Chelladurai, P., and E. Ogasawara. (2003). “Satisfaction and Commitment of American and Japanese Collegiate Coaches.” Journal of Sport Management 17, 62–73; Sagas, M., and F.B. Ashley. (2001). “Gender Differences in the Intent to Leave Coaching: Testing the Role of Personal, External, and Work-Related Variables.” International Journal of Sport Management 2(4), 297–313]. The current study provides a better understanding of the work environment of coaches of girls’ sports by combining satisfaction and comparisons used in this process. Male and female coaches (n=202) employed full-time at Texas public high schools completed a questionnaire containing the Job Descriptive Index [Smith, P.C., L.M. Kendall, and C.C. Hulin. (1969). The Measurement of Satisfaction in Work and Retirement. New York: Rand McNally.], the Job In General (Ironson et al., 1997), a referent comparison instrument, and demographic information. The findings indicated significant satisfaction differences based on gender and comparison other. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Michael Smucker & Warren Whisenant, 2005. "The Impact of Comparisons on the Satisfaction of Interscholastic Coaches of Girls’ Sports," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 109-124, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:5:y:2005:i:2:p:109-124
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-005-0953-9

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    1. Margaret Harwood & Robert Rice, 1992. "An examination of referent selection processes underlying job satisfaction," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 1-39, August.
    2. S. Baranzoni & P. Bianchi & L. Lambertini, 2000. "Multiproduct Firms, Product Differentiation, and Market Structure," Working Papers 368, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
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