Date Approved

5-7-1995

Embargo Period

9-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

School discipline; Teachers--Job stress

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

Education is a priority in our society. Teacher stress has been identified as a disruptive factor toward productiveness within the classroom. Pupil control ideology has been seen in educational literature as a teacher characteristic affecting individual stress levels of teachers. The purpose of this study was to investigate: the relationship between teachers' pupil control orientation and five factors of teacher stress; the relationship between years of teaching experience and perceived job-induced stress; and the relationship between gender and pupil-control orientation. Data was collected through two questionnaire surveys and an information sheet. Subjects were 72 full-time secondary Catholic school teachers. Analyses of the data indicated that an authoritarian orientation was significantly related to higher scores on three of the five stress factors. No significant relationship existed between gender and pupil control orientation. Years of teaching experience made no significant difference in terms of perceptions of job-induced stress.

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