Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




This study reviewed the compensatory, spillover, and segmentation models for explaining the relationship between life, or non-job, satisfaction and job satisfaction. A fourth model, the factor spillover model was proposed and tested with the other three using a sample of 130 workers from a variety of white and blue collar jobs. The results suggested that non-job satisfaction, like job satisfaction, is factorally complex. Some non-job satisfaction factors were moderately correlated with job satisfaction while other were not correlated at all, providing support for the factor spillover model. Seven moderating variables, including gender, were tested; none produced differential effects on the job and non-job satisfaction relationship. Implications of the factor spillover model were discussed and suggestions made for further research.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1982, Andrew L. Kresha.