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ERIC Number: EJ1230409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-6569
Superintendent Stress: Identifying the Causes and Learning to Cope
Lefdal, Joseph; De Jong, David
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v16 n3 p56-82 Fall 2019
The superintendent position comes with a variety of challenges that may have devastating effects on the superintendent and his or her family. This quantitative study surveyed superintendents across a rural state in the Midwest and examined the perceived stressors that superintendents and their families encountered and what coping methods they used to alleviate that stress. The study also examined if any demographic differences contributed to higher or lower levels of stress. The study found a lack of camaraderie and peer-to-peer support in the superintendent profession. Although the stress is high for many superintendents, some have found a method for coping with the stressors of the position.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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