ERIC Number: ED336854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Stressed for Success: A Study of Stress and the Superintendency. Occasional Paper Series, No. 14.
Eastman, Mark; Mirochnik, Denise A.
Most superintendents experience high levels of stress associated with their school administrator role. This paper reports on a survey conducted to help Maine superintendents better understand the stressors inherent in their role. The Survey of Superintendent Stressors was distributed to all 1989-90 Maine public school superintendents and a selected group of retired and former superintendents. Of the 160 surveys distributed, 100 were returned, for a 62.5 percent response rate. Tabulated responses were analyzed according to a total stress scale and supplemented by narrative responses. The area of highest reported stress was in the position's daily roles and responsibilities. Other stressors included personal demands, interactions with state education agencies, and relations with the school board, staff, and the public. Although study results support other research on educational administrator stress, there is little evidence that superintendents experience more stress than other professional managers. Administrators need to identify the sources of stress and create strategies for managing them in the workplace. Additionally, strategies must be developed to reduce professional isolationism and recognize the importance of personal health, well-being, and professional growth. Educational organizations, universities, and legislators must seek long-term solutions to modify and improve the superintendent role. (25 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Penquis Superintendents' Association Research Cooperative, ME.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Coll. of Education.