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Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Daniel Robinson

Second Advisor

Larry Ebbers


The purpose of this investigation was to study the work environment, job position, and life events or situations that administrators consider to be stressful and could possibly have implications or might hinder their job performance; and to discover what approaches or techniques these administrators use to cope with stress;The sample consisted of 400 student personnel administrators from institutions of higher learning in the midwestern region of the United States. The subjects were randomly selected from current rosters of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. Each administrator was asked to express his opinion by filling out the "Life, Stress, and Work" questionnaire;The results of the analysis were significant at the.001 level thus leading to the conclusion that student personnel administrators are indeed dealing with more stress. Middle-aged administrators experience more stress than other age groups; administrators with associate and bachelors degrees experience more stress than those with masters and doctorate degrees; as the number of years of administrative experience increased, the degree of stress experienced by the administrator decreased. Some of the reasons that administrators felt were causative factors include demands of work on social life, work overload, inadequate resources and finances. The lower the level of administration the more stress the administrator tends to experience. Many administrators are handling stress in positive ways: additional exercise, informal relaxation techniques, reading and looking at stressful situations in their lives and trying to solve the problem.



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Bruce D. LaVant



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