Subjective career success of doctors in relation to work-stress and to other determinants

Gabriela Haleková, Ivana Žilková


The presented research study focuses on subjective career success of doctors and its determinants of the working environment. The aim of the research was to determine the relationship between subjective career success and work stress in the overall level and individual levels. A further aim was to identify differences in subjective career success in terms of length of experience, specialization and workplace of doctors. Subjective career success was studied through questionnaires The Career Satisfaction Scale (Greenhaus, Parasuraman, and Wormley, 1990), because career satisfaction is considered as the most common indicator of subjective career success. Work-related stress was studied through questionnaires The Work stress and Burnout Scale (Hennig and Keller, 1996). Length of experience, specialization and workplace were detected using custom items. The sample consisted of 50 doctors from hospitals and ambulances. The data were processed using a simple correlation analysis and Independent Samples T test. Data analysis showed that subjective career success of doctors was negatively correlated with work stress in the overall level and also with all the levels (mental, emotional, physical and social). We also found a difference in the subjective career success in terms of length of experience and specialization. Doctors with longer practise (over 20 years) and specialists showed higher subjective career success as doctors with shorter practice (under 20 years) and practitioners. There was no difference between doctors working in hospitals and doctors working in the ambulance and no difference between men and women.

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subjective career success, career satisfaction, work stress, doctors


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