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Communities can adapt to residents' needs through innovative citizen-led initiatives. Extension can facilitatethese innovation initiatives, but are Extension agents always receptive to such change? We conducted a study toexamine the association between organizational change and personal factors and Extension family and consumersciences agents' innovativeness regarding caregiving programming. Respondents rated their receptiveness tochange and answered questions regarding psychosocial health factors. We found that years in current position, leadership self-efficacy, interoffice support, and social support were significant predictors of innovativeness. Results suggest that personal factors rather than organizational change factors may be the more crucialmechanisms for driving agents' innovativeness.

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Journal of Extension


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Struckmeyer, K. M., Peek, G., Tripp, P. J., Bishop, A. J., & Gordon, S. R. (2021). Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Receptiveness to Innovative Caregiving Programming. Journal of Extension, 57(6), Article 15.

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