ERIC Number: ED218761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Management Team Stressors and Their Impact on Administrators' Health.
Gmelch, Walter H.; Swent, Boyd
School administrators suffer greater stress from administrative constraints than from any other stress factors, according to a survey of over 1,150 Oregon elementary and secondary principals and vice-principals, superintendents, and central office administrators. Researchers isolated 35 stressors, or stress-inducing situations, that could be grouped into 5 categories of 7 stressors each: administrative constraints, administrative responsibilities, interpersonal relations, intrapersonal conflict, and role expectations. Of the ten stressors perceived as most bothersome, five were from the administrative constraints category. Rank-order analysis revealed that administrators at all levels share many common stressors, though the specific values assigned the stressors by those at different levels may be quite divergent. Higher levels of stress were also consistently associated with reports of poor health, regardless of the stressor involved. The most important elements common to major stressors were identified as the management of time in time-consuming activities, the need to comply with rules and policies, and the maintenance of interpersonal relations. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrative Stress Index
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). Tables may reproduce poorly due to light, broken print of original document.