ERIC Number: ED427421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Stress in the Superintendency: Implications for Achieving Excellence.
Richardson, Lystra M.
This paper reports on a study that identified the perceived sources of stress experienced by school superintendents in Connecticut. The theoretical framework for the study comprised Stages One and Two of the Administrator Stress Cycle. Data were supplied by the Administrative Stress Index, which was distributed to all 149 superintendents in Connecticut, and by the Superintendent Stress Inventory, which was used as a protocol in conducting interviews. Research was supplemented with various questions, such as What are the major sources of stress perceived by superintendents in Connecticut? and What is the perceived level of conflict-mediating stress among superintendents in the state? Results indicate that board relations, politics, personnel issues, workload, time, crisis management, complying with mandates, high visibility, dealing with angry parents, lack of recognition and feedback, and public/community demands and criticism are among the major sources of stress perceived by Connecticut superintendents. These sources of stress have significant impact on superintendents' personal and professional lives. However, superintendents reported a variety of coping strategies they use as they try to attenuate the stress in their lives. Two appendices reproduce the instruments used for the study. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut