Engaging the Engagers: Implications for the Improvement of Extension Work Design
County Extension agents from the Midwest were surveyed on a variety of psychological variables. Differences among agents in the fields of Family and Consumer Science (FCS), Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), and 4H Youth Development (4HYD) were examined as well as differences among highly and lesser engaged agents. Results showed that FCS agents had higher levels of dedication, absorption, and work-family facilitation. ANR agents reported greater work-role salience than other areas and lower family-role salience. Highly engaged agents reported experiencing greater work-family facilitation, positive affectivity, and psychological capital. Implications for design and management of Extension work are discussed.
Weyhrauch, W. S., Culbertson, S. S., Mills, M. J., & Fullager, C. J. (2010). Engaging the Engagers: Implications for the Improvement of Extension Work Design. The Journal of Extension, 48(3), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss3/5