ERIC Number: ED229874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Stressors and Administrative Role in Educational Organizations.
To explore the relationship between occupational stressors and educational administration, a random sample of 226 Oklahoma administrators was given an administrative stress questionnaire. The administrators--including 52 superintendents, 50 central office administrators, 61 secondary principals, and 63 elementary principals--were all enrolled at the University of Oklahoma for certification at higher or different levels. Variables covered in the questionnaire included administrative position, age, sex, perceived stressfulness of the job, health and illness patterns, leisure-time physical activities, and 16 stressful situations, such as emergencies, need to get things done on time, overwork, and unclear responsibilities. Data analysis allowed construction of characteristic profiles of stress/strain components for each administrator group and also yielded a number of general findings. The results indicated that administrative roles were perceived as moderately stressful; that time utilization (the need to get things done), communication problems, and workload were the most common types of stressors; that hypertension was reported by males only; and that physical activity was common. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Stress
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).