ERIC Number: ED242728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-9
Reference Count: 0
Stress Producing Factors among Regular Educators and Various Types of Special Educators.
Faas, Larry A.
A study focused on the relative effect of various stress factors on: (1) regular and special education teachers; (2) teachers in resource and self-contained classrooms; and (3) teachers in programs for learning disabled, emotionally handicapped, and mentally handicapped students. Data were gathered with a questionnaire that was completed by 273 Arizona educators. Respondents indicated their level of agreement with the suggestion that each of a list of 53 factors had been stress producing for them in the previous 12 months. Stress factors included on the questionnaire were based on a review of the literature and interviews with special educators. The mean for each item was used to rank the items for each of the groups studied. "Paperwork,""procedural red tape,""discipline and behavior problems," and "disinterested parents" were found to be high stress producers for all groups studied. Comparison of groups of educators resulted in the identification of one or more factors that are significantly more stressful for those in specific types of positions than for those in other positions. Significant differences were also found between levels of stress produced by some factors for special education teachers in resource and self-contained classrooms. Five tables are appended. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at a Convention of the Arizona Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (Tuscon, AZ, March 9, 1984).