Work-related stress of elementary school principals in Finland : Coping strategies and support
Elomaa, M., Eskelä-Haapanen, S., Pakarinen, E., Halttunen, L., & Lerkkanen, M.-K. (2021). Work-related stress of elementary school principals in Finland : Coping strategies and support. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/17411432211010317
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The present study aimed to investigate elementary school principals’ self-reported causes of work-related stress, their coping strategies to deal with stress and the support they need for their leadership. Seventy-six principals filled in the questionnaire, which included open-ended questions. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. The results showed that the main sources of stress were workload, interpersonal conflicts, a lack of resources and internal pressures. Moreover, principals used emotion-focused, problem-focused and social coping to deal with stress. Additionally, principals reported a need for problem-focused support and social support for their leadership. The results revealed the importance of social support and coping for principals’ occupational wellbeing. A more intimate approach to principals’ perceptions about the causes of occupational stress, their coping strategies and the support they need provides opportunities to consider diverse personal requirements, which may be fundamental in promoting principals’ occupational wellbeing. ...
Dataset(s) related to the publicationhttps://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/77741
Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina, Pakarinen, Eija (2021). Teacher and Student Stress and Interaction in Classroom (TESSI). V. 31.7.2021. https://doi.org/10.17011/jyx/dataset/77741. https://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-202109104845
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; Finnish Work Environment Fund
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF; Others
Additional information about fundingThis study was supported by the Academy of Finland (No. 317610 for 2018-2022) and by the Finnish Work Environment Fund (No. 117142 for 2017-2020).
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