ERIC Number: ED309526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
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Administrators' Personal and Social Support Systems.
Lindle, Jane Clark; Miller, Linda Demarco
This study maintains that social support systems alleviate the physical and psychological effects of stress; however, the school administrator often has no peers in the same building and therefore stands apart from any of the built in support systems developed by the subculture within his school. Further, as discovered through interviews with 35 preservice or practicing administrators, they were afraid that the overt use of a personal or a social support system as a coping mechanism would appear to be an admission of incompetence or a lack of adequate training. Additional information attained through followup interviews and open-ended questionnaires detailed a lack of current knowledge regarding conflicts faced by administrators and their use of coping mechanisms during the process of conflict resolution. Further research may illuminate ways to encourage the use of support systems for those at the top and to alleviate the stress inherent in administrative roles. (20 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Research supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the Buhl Foundation Research Team Grants.