ERIC Number: ED330095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Stress and Educational Administration: Variations in Stress Factors across Administrative Levels.
Frick, Cynthia R.; Fraas, John W.
Factors and perceptions of stress in educational administration are examined in this report. A survey of 86 administrators in Richland County, Ohio, in which the Administrative Stress Index was used to explore causes of stress and to rate the severity of each stressor, yielded a 97 percent response rate. Results were statistically analyzed for aggregate and disaggregate data by administrative level and by four demographic variables. Five categories of stress factors were developed: administrative constraints; administrative responsibilities; interpersonal relations; intrapersonal conflicts; and role expectations. Findings indicate stressors common to all administrative levels as well as factors unique to specific positions; however, time and administrative constraints were most frequently perceived as sources of stress for site-based administrators. Recommendations are made for the inclusion of stress management in professional development programs tailored to individuals and administrative levels, for mentoring programs, and for further research on gender-specific issues. Five tables are included. (15 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Richland County School District OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 17-20, 1990).