Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Journal

Journal of Christian Education

Volume Number

53

Issue Number

3

Page Numbers

29-44

ISSN

0021-9657

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership

Abstract

This research study investigated stress and coping amongst the principals of a small, national, Christian, independent school system. Using an approach combining questionnaires and in-depth interviews, school principals' stressors and their reactions to these stressors were examined. The study also explored the coping strategies they used to reduce or manage their stress.

Forty seven principals participated in the study and 23 nominated for in-depth interviews. This paper focuses on a small group of eight (17%) who emerged from the data by indicating a very low stress level combined with a very high level of job-satisfaction. This group's practices, beliefs and values together with their perceptions about their low stress levels coupled with high satisfaction levels were examined initially through survey and then discussed in depth through extensive phone interviews with the individual participants. This small group attributed their low stress levels to their Christian faith and perspectives which they incorporated into their daily professional lives.

Peer Review

Before publication

Comments

This article is reproduced from the Journal of Christian Education, Volume 53, Number 3, December 2010, pages 29-44. The article is covered by copyright and is reproduced by permission of the authors and the Australian Christian Forum on Education (publisher of the Journal of Christian Education).

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access this article from Avondale Library Print Journals (S 377.8 JOU).

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