ERIC Number: ED204857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Stress: Sources, Symptoms and Job Satisfaction.
Feitler, Fred C.; Tokar, Edward B.
A survey of 3,789 teachers in 60 school districts in Ohio and Pennsylvania found, as expected, that feelings of job stress and job satisfaction are inversely related. The survey questionnaire gathered data on teachers' ages and experience, their schools' educational levels and urban or rural location, their job satisfaction, the sources, symptoms, and levels of teacher stress, and the coping mechanisms they use. When compared with a similar British study,the survey results show that the same high proportions of teachers in both countries are satisfied with their jobs. Further, more British than American teachers feel high levels of job stress, but more American teachers report experiencing at least some degree of stress than do English teachers. Stress among American teachers is highest among urban and high school teachers and those aged 31-44. Student misbehavior and overwork are the main sources of stress in American schools. Future research should examine the effects on stress of school organization, teacher training, and student attitudes. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England; Job Stress; Ohio; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).