THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS AND JOB SATISFACTION AS PERCEIVED BY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST BOARDING ACADEMY TEACHERS IN THE SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWESTERN UNIONS

DEE MOISE LANGFORD, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between stress and job satisfaction for Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy teachers in the Southern and Southwestern Unions. Principals' length of service, school disciplinary problems, teachers ratings of various groups, teacher salary, problems facing boarding academies, and the goals of education are also studied.^ A three-part questionnaire was prepared which included the Occupational Needs Questionnaire, a stress test from the National Educational Association, and miscellaneous questions of interest to the researcher.^ The average teacher reported satisfaction in the mildly dissatisfied range. Fifty percent of the sample fell within the satisfied range. The area of most satisfaction was freedom in the job. The area of most dissatisfaction was having enough time to do the job. No significant relationship was noted between either age or years of experience and job satisfaction. A significant relationship was noted between stress and job satisfaction; however, no significance was found between genders concerning job satisfaction. Forty percent of the male and 43 percent of the female teachers reported exceptional stress compared to the average teacher. The biggest disciplinary problem noted was schoolwork and homework assignments not completed. Teachers gave their peers the highest and parents the lowest ratings of six groups. Denominational teachers cited low salaries as the main reason for teachers' leaving the profession. Finances were reported to be the biggest problem facing boarding academies. To prepare for Heaven was the goal of education reported most frequently.^ Major conclusions of the study were the following: (1) Stress was a significant determiner of teacher job satisfaction, (2) Principals' length of service was correlated with teacher satisfaction, (3) Low teacher salaries was the major reason for teachers' leaving the profession.^ Major recommendations of the study were the following: (1) That local conferences and academy boards give study to identifying and removing unnecessary stressors, to making use of paraprofessionals to reduce teacher loads, to being more selective in the placement of principals, thus promoting administrative stability, and to allocating sufficient funds for teacher salaries to retain quality educators, (2) That colleges and universities prepare teachers to meet the needs of changing student populations. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

DEE MOISE LANGFORD, "THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS AND JOB SATISFACTION AS PERCEIVED BY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST BOARDING ACADEMY TEACHERS IN THE SOUTHERN AND SOUTHWESTERN UNIONS" (1987). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI8802634.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI8802634

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