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Pharmacy 2015, 3(4), 386-398; doi:10.3390/pharmacy3040386

Family Commitment and Work Characteristics among Pharmacists

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Division of Pharmacy Practice & Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City, UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU, 327 West Mill Street, #425 Springfield, MO 65806, USA
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Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, 4301 West Markham, #522, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, 4301 West Markham, #522, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, 4301 West Markham, #522, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Keith A. Wilson
Received: 8 October 2015 / Revised: 25 November 2015 / Accepted: 7 December 2015 / Published: 17 December 2015
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Abstract

Factors associated with family commitment among pharmacists in the south central U.S. are explored. In 2010, a cross-sectional mailed self-administered 70 item survey of 363 active licensed pharmacists was conducted. This analysis includes only 269 (74%) participants who reported being married. Outcome measures were family commitment (need for family commitment, spouse’s family commitment), work-related characteristics (work challenge, stress, workload, flexibility of work schedule), and job and career satisfaction. Married participants’ mean age was 48 (SD = 18) years; the male to female ratio was 1:1; 73% worked in retail settings and 199 (74%) completed the family commitment questions. Females reported a higher need for family commitment than males (p = 0.02) but there was no significant difference in satisfaction with the commitment. Work challenge and work load were significantly associated with higher need for family commitment (p < 0.01), when controlled for age, gender, number of dependents, work status, and practice setting. Higher work challenge was associated with higher career satisfaction. Higher job related stress was associated with lower job satisfaction. High work challenge and work load may negatively impact family function since married pharmacists would need higher family commitment from their counterparts. The impact of work-family interactions on pharmacy career satisfaction should be further investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: Professional practice; workforce; work-life benefits; work-life balance; retention Professional practice; workforce; work-life benefits; work-life balance; retention
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Gubbins, P.O.; Ragland, D.; Castleberry, A.N.; Payakachat, N. Family Commitment and Work Characteristics among Pharmacists. Pharmacy 2015, 3, 386-398.

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