Job‐related stress and social support in kindergarten principals: the case of Macau

Job‐related stress and social support in kindergarten principals: the case of Macau 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Educational Management Emerald Publishing

Job‐related stress and social support in kindergarten principals: the case of Macau

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0951-354X
DOI
10.1108/09513540510590977
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Abstract

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.

Journal

International Journal of Educational ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 2005

Keywords: Primary schools; Principals; Jobs; Stress; Job satisfaction; Macau

References

  • Coping with stress in the principalship
    Allison, D.G.
  • Kindergarten principals in Hong Kong: job stress and support from a close friend
    Cheuk, W.H.; Wong, K.S.; Rosen, S.
  • Stress and social support – in search of optimal matching
    Cutrona, C.E.

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