Date of Award

12-15-2014

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Abraham Wandersman

Abstract

Organizational climate is defined as the reflection of workers’ perceptions of, and emotional responses to, the characteristics of their work environment (Glisson & James, 2002). While previous research explored the importance of organization climate for the adoption of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in mental health settings, there is a dearth of organizational climate focused research in school mental health settings (SMH). The current study examines the influence of organizational climate on two separate dependent variables: the extent to which EBPs were used and the quality of clinician delivery for the evidence-based practices used in a quality improvement intervention for SMH practitioners. After controlling for study condition and relevant demographic variables, results of a hierarchal multiple regression analysis indicate a non-significant difference in organizational climate’s ability to predict levels of using EBPS. Subsequent analyses indicated that, regardless of study condition and relevant demographic variables, organizational climate, specifically job satisfaction and autonomy, predicted the quality of clinician delivery of EBPs. Results emphasize the impact of organizational climate on the delivery and quality of EBPs in SMH settings. Future investigation is needed to determine effective frameworks that result in the increase of SMH clinician ratings of organizational climate.

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