Professional community mental health workers want considerable autonomy in doing their work, but too much autonomy can lead to frustration and less satisfaction with work. This finding of a study of 93 mental health professionals in three community mental health centers is in sharp contrast with a comparison group of 60 professionals in a chemical plant. The article cautions against the direct translation of research on all professionals to community mental health professionals.
Buffum, William E.
"Professional Autonomy in Community Mental Health Centers,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 14
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol14/iss1/11