ERIC Number: ED271679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Consultation Stressors and Stress Management.
Portman, Sandy Kosub
A high incidence of occupational stress has been demonstrated in the mental health and social service professions and appears to be a major factor contributing to low worker morale, absenteeism, high job turnover, and other indices of job stress. A study was conducted to examine the issue of occupational stress among psychological consultants. Consultants (N=132) from Division 13 of the American Psychological Association responded to a survey measuring characteristic practices, training backgrounds, and concerns of consulting psychologists. To assess consultation stressors and stress management, respondents were presented with a list of variables thought to contribute to consulting stress and were asked to rate the degree to which they found each variable stressful. Respondents were also asked to what extent they found consulting work stressful, how frequently they used each of a number of methods to alleviate stress, and to rate their overall success in coping with consulting-related stress. The results indicated that respondents found consulting to be only moderately stressful. The four variables receiving the highest ratings for contributing to consulting-related stress were: (1) uncertainty as to parameters of problems; (2) contractual uncertainties; (3) overload of information; and (4) marginality of consultant role. Consultants reported that they were quite successful in coping with consulting-related stress, with reading and listening to music being the two most frequently reported methods used to alleviate stress. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).