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ERIC Number: ED280223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 16
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Stress and Coping: A Comparison of Regular and Special Educators.
Wheeler, Larry J.; And Others
Responses to a questionnaire regarding stress and coping skills were collected from 185 regular educators and 225 special educators--teaching emotionally disturbed (ED), learning disabled (LD), mentally retarded (MR) or other types of handicapped children. Results demonstrated little difference between the regular and special educators' responses to both stress and coping. Both groups of teachers reported administrative variables, student behaviors, pressure, and paperwork as producing the greatest amount of stress. More teachers of ED and LD children than teachers of MR or other handicapped children reported the administration as their most common source of stress. ED teachers reported conflicts between themselves and other staff members, as well as no student progress, to be more stressful than other special educators. MR teachers reported inappropriate student behaviors less frequently (15%) than either ED or LD teachers as a source of stress; and only 2% of the other special educators saw inappropriate student behaviors as a source of stress. LD teachers and other special educators reported internalizing stress as a coping mechanism more frequently than either MR or ED teachers. All groups of teachers reported internalizing stress, talking to a safe person, and engaging in alternative activities as the most common methods of coping with stress. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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