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ERIC Number: EJ1002153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1068-4867
The Incidence and Types of Occupational Role Stress among University Research Administrators
Katsapis, Christine C. A.
Research Management Review, v19 n1 2012
This study explored the types of stressors prevalent in the self-reports of university research administrators (URAs) and examined whether or not the degree or type of role stress was influenced by: a) the affiliation of their office unit within their institution, or b) their type. Randomly selected members of NCURA were invited via e-mail to participate in an on-line survey. The Occupational Stress Inventory-Revised (OSI-R) Occupational Roles Questionnaire (ORQ) (Osipow, 1998) was administered with additional questions about the URAs' professional characteristics. The study revealed that role ambiguity was present at a level indicating a high probability of maladaptive stress and/or debilitating strain. Role overload was present at mild levels. Lastly, type, office unit organizational affiliation, and years of experience did not influence the occupational stressors reported. Overall, the degree of occupational stress was indicative of a need for intervention from their institutions. The researcher recommends peer review, self-evaluation, and interventions to increase coping skills and reduce potential negative impacts on the URAs and their employers. (Contains 8 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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