ERIC Number: ED348108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Countering Stress with Leisure and Recreational Activities: An Analysis of 2-Year College Presidents or Directors.
Crabtree, Robert D.; Selman, James W.
In 1992, a study was conducted to ascertain the opinions of selected public and private two-year college administrators regarding the use of 15 leisure and recreational activities for countering work-related stress. Questionnaires eliciting self-perceptions were sent to all presidents/directors of two-year institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses were conducted of the data collected. Survey findings, based on 373 responses, representing 175 public community colleges, 119 public technical colleges, and 79 private technical colleges, included the following: (1) the majority of respondents were white (92.2%) males (84.7%); their average age was 50.7 years; and they had been educational leaders for an average of 9.7 years, employing 3.25 administrative assistants; (2) 81% reported using hobbies and recreational activities as a form of recreation; (3) while public technical college presidents were equally concerned with health maintenance, they appeared to use diversionary coping strategies significantly less than public community and private technical college presidents; and (4) many of the respondents had not structured leisure activity plans to assist them in countering work-related stress, and some appeared to be unaware of the value of these activities as components of a coping strategy. (MPH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, College Environment, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Background, Leisure Time, National Surveys, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Recreational Activities, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Auburn University, Department of Vocational and Adult Education, Auburn, AL 36849-3501 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Coll. of Education.