Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Job-Related Stress on Nebraska School Superintendents and the Strategies They Use to Overcome that Stress
by Lefdal, Joseph, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2018, 132; 10812394
Abstract (Summary)

The superintendent position in Nebraska comes with a variety of challenges that can often times have devastating effects on the superintendent and their family. The position can also put time constraints on the family and can create a work-to-life imbalance that could have negative effects on the mental and physical health of superintendents and their family. Very little has been done to help superintendents understand stress and even less to help alleviate it. This study examined the perceived stressors that superintendents and their families encountered and what coping methods they used to alleviate that stress. The study also examined if any demographic differences contributed to higher or lower levels of stress.

This quantitative study surveyed 244 superintendents across the state of Nebraska. One hundred and nine superintendents responded to the survey. When data collection was complete, a focus group of five superintendents discussed the findings of the study and recommendations for practice as well as recommendations for future research.

The study found that Nebraska superintendents’ perceived an average level of stress in the field and a minimal work-to-life imbalance. When looking at the open-ended questions, it is obvious that there is a lack of camaraderie and peer-to-peer support in the superintendent profession. Although the stress is high for many superintendents, some have found a method for coping with the stressors of the position and the data reveals that most feel their families have had very few negative consequences from the stresses of the position.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Card, Karen
Commitee: DeJong, David, Robinson, Derrick, Hoesing, Daniel
School: University of South Dakota
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration
Keywords: Coping, Family, Nebraska, Strategies, Stress, Superintendents
Publication Number: 10812394
ISBN: 9781658451086
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