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The Impact of Stress, Resilience, Grit, and Intolerance of Uncertainty on Job Satisfaction




Boyd, Lauren

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences


The purpose of this study is to measure the relationship between and degree to which stress, grit, resilience, and intolerance of uncertainty is found in speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and to understand the impact of these constructs on SLP job satisfaction and professional quality of life while considering years of experience. Seventy-eight licensed SLPs completed a survey that measured their levels of job satisfaction, professional quality of life, stress, grit, resilience, and intolerance of uncertainty. The survey also accounted for years of experience and work setting. The results demonstrated ambivalence in SLP job satisfaction levels. Higher levels of resilience had a significant relationship with increased job satisfaction and professional quality of life. Job satisfaction was associated with reduced stress, and the correlations between job satisfaction and grit and intolerance of uncertainty were insignificant. Overall, these findings reflect that higher resilience and lower stress may contribute to greater job satisfaction and could be informative to SLP training programs, current SLPs, and SLP employers.