Purpose – One objective of the present study was to explore how stressful kindergarten principals, as leaders and managers of their schools, found their work to be, and if such job‐related stress was associated with negative emotions and job (dis)satisfaction. Another objective was to assess whether or not social support from one's supervisor could reduce the adverse effects of job‐related stress. A related objective was to examine possible negative impacts associated with receipt of support from one's supervisor. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 44 kindergarten principals in Macau filled out a questionnaire that contained the variables of interest. Findings – The results indicated that the principals found their work to be moderately stressful; only emotional support was shown to be effective in buffering the impacts of job‐related stress; and there were only weak adverse effects related to the receipt of support. Originality/value – This paper is useful in understanding the relationship of stress to work in the school environment.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 1, 2005
Keywords: Primary schools; Principals; Jobs; Stress; Job satisfaction; Macau
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