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ERIC Number: ED253313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Missouri Teachers Experience Stress.
Brown, June
A replication of earlier research involving elementary and secondary teachers in urban schools, this study was conducted to identify selected stress factors experienced by rural elementary school teachers and to analyze relationships between stress symptoms and the degree of stress. A stratified random sample of 387 teachers was mailed a questionnaire using Likert-type scales; the response rate was 70 percent. Results indicated that the majority of respondents perceived their profession to be stressful. Ten factors were found to be most stressful, and five stress symptoms were reported as occurring most frequently. It was discovered that, as the age of the teacher increased, the degree of stress associated with the school administration's inadequacy and parent criticism/interference decreased. Also, as the grade level increased, the degree of stress associated with student values/attitudes increased. Teachers with larger classes found overcrowded classrooms more stressful, and teachers with a large number of students in their buildings found parent values/attitudes more stressful. The following recommendations were made: (1) Teacher stress should receive a larger focus in teacher training; (2) Data on teacher stress might be made useful to school boards and administrators by targeting research toward individual schools and school districts; and (3) Future stress research could focus on specific groups of teachers, including beginning teachers. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Missouri