Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Dale Andersen

Number of Pages



Elementary and secondary school counselors in the 16 smaller school districts in Nevada, excluding Clark County, were chosen for a study which investigated the nature and extent to which school counselors were experiencing role ambiguity and role conflict. It also investigated the extent to which these factors were related to counselors overall job satisfaction. A written instrument consisting of The Role Questionnaire (Rizzo, 1970) and the Teacher Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (Lester, 1984) was used with selected full-time K--12 counselors to measure role ambiguity and role conflict and their relationship to job satisfaction specifically in the areas of: colleagues, supervision, responsibility, recognition, working conditions and work itself; The results showed that as the job satisfaction of school counselors, elementary and secondary, increased the amount of role conflict and role ambiguity decreased. One area of job satisfaction, responsibility, appeared to have no relationship with role ambiguity or role conflict. Voluntary comments from the counselors indicated elementary counselors had concern in the areas of supervision and colleagues while secondary counselors had concern in the areas of paperwork and clerical duties.


Ambiguity; Conflict; Counselors; Job; Job Satisfaction; Relationships; Role; Role Ambiguity; Role Conflict; Satisfaction; Schools; School Counselors

Controlled Subject

Adult education; Psychology, Industrial

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5181.44 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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