Skip to main content

Wilson Stress Profile for Teachers (WSPT)


Scale name: Wilson Stress Profile for Teachers (WSPT)

Scale overview: The Wilson Stress Profile for Teachers (WSPT) is a 36-item self-report inventory designed to assess the level of teachers elementary and secondary schools in nine areas.


Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of agreement from 1 = never to 5 = very often.

Subscales: The nine subscales are as listed below.

1. Student Behavior (SB)

2. Employee/ Administrator Relationships (EAR)

3. Teacher/ Teacher Relations (TTR)

4. Parent/Teacher Relationships (PTR)

5. Time Management (TM)

6. Intrapersonal Conflicts (IC)

7. Physical Symptoms of Stress (PS)

8. Psychological/ Emotional Symptoms of Stress (PES)

9. Stress Management Techniques (SM)

Scale items

There are 4 items in each subscale for a total of 36 items. Based on the 5-point scoring system, possible total scale scores range from 36 to 180.

Sample items are listed for each subscale below.

1. Student Behavior (SB).  “I have difficulty controlling my class”

2. Employee/ Administrator Relationships (EAR). “I have difficulty in my working relationship with my administrator(s)”

3. Teacher/ Teacher Relations (TTR).  “I feel my fellow teachers think I am not doing a good job”

4. Parent/Teacher Relationships (PTR).  “Parents of my students are a source of concern for me”

5. Time Management (TM).  “I have too much to do and not enough time to do it”

6. Intrapersonal Conflicts (IC).  “Teaching is stressful for me”

7. Physical Symptoms of Stress (PS).  “I feel depressed about my job”

8. Psychological/ Emotional Symptoms of Stress (PES)

9. Stress Management Techniques (SM).  “I feel powerless to solve my




Internal consistency values for the total scale score were .91 for a low stress group and .93 for a high stress group (Luh et al., 1991).

Rosenberg (2010) reported .83 for the total score.

Internal consistency values (Cronbach Alpha) for subscales range from .58 to .89 (Luh et al., 1991).

Rosenberg (2010) reported a range of values (Cronbach Alpha) from .55 to .84 for the subscales.


See Luh et al., (1991) for discriminant validity findings.

Sutton and Huberty (1984) reported a significant inverse relationship between total WSPT scores and ratings of job satisfaction (r = .474).



A full list of the 36 items can be found in Rosenberg (2010) and Kendell (1982). See references below.


Reference for using scales in research:

Buy Creating Surveys on







Reference for clinicians on understanding assessment

Buy Applied Statistics for Counselors







 Related Measure

 Teacher Stress Inventory

Resource Link:  A – Z Test Index



The information about scales and measures is provided for clinicians and researchers based on professional publications. The links to authors, materials, and references can change. You may be able to locate details by contacting the main author of the original article or another author on the article list.

 References for the scale

Kendell, S. E. (1982) An investigation into stress factors and levels of stress as perceived by regular classroom teachers of Newfoundland and Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Luh, W., Olejnik, S., Greenwood, G., & Parkay, F. (1991). Psychometric properties of the Wilson Stress Profile for Teachers. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 6, 255-270.

Rosenberg, T. C. (2010). Teacher stress: An assessment of teachers' need for and receptiveness towards a stress reduction program within one rural school system.  Educational Specialist. 98.

Sutton, G.W., & Huberty, T.J. (1984). An evaluation of teacher stress and job satisfaction. Education, 105, 189‑192. Academia Link  Research Gate Link

Links to Connections

Checkout My Website


See my Books





FOLLOW me on

   FACEBOOK   Geoff W. Sutton  


   TWITTER  @Geoff.W.Sutton




Read published articles:


  Academia   Geoff W Sutton   


  ResearchGate   Geoffrey W Sutton 






Popular posts from this blog

Personal Self-Concept Questionnaire (PSQ)

  The Personal Self-Concept Questionnaire  ( PSQ )   Overview The Personal Self-Concept Questionnaire (PSQ) measures self-concept based on ratings of 18 items, which are grouped into four categories: Self-fulfilment, autonomy, honesty, and emotional self-concept. Subscales : The PSQ has four subscales 1. Self-fulfilment (6 items) 2. Autonomy (4 items) 3. Honesty (3 items) 4. Emotional self-concept (5 items)  👉 [ Read more about Self-Concept and Self-Identity] The PSQ is a Likert-type scale with five response options ranging from totally disagree to totally agree. Reliability and Validity In the first study, coefficient alpha = .85 and in study two, alpha = .83. Data analysis supported a four-dimensional model (see the four categories above). Positive correlations with other self-concept measures were statistically significant. Other notes The authors estimated it took about 10 minutes to complete the PSQ. Their first study included people ages 12 to 36 ( n = 506). In the second s

Student Self-Efficacy

  Assessment name:  STUDENT SELF-EFFICACY SCALE * Note. This post has been updated to provide an available measure of student self-efficacy. ———- Scale overview:  The  student self-efficacy scale i s a 10-item measure of self-efficacy. It was developed using data from university nursing students in the United States. Authors: Melodie Rowbotham and Gerdamarie Schmitz Response Type:  A four-choice rating scale as follows: 1 = not at all true 2 = hardly true 3 = moderately true 4 = exactly true   Self-efficacy is the perception that a person can act in a way to achieve a desired goal.  Scale items There are 10 items. Examples: I am confident in my ability to learn, even if I am having a bad day. If I try hard enough, I can obtain the academic goals I desire.   Psychometric properties The authors reported that their sample scores ranged from 25 to 40 with a scale mean of 34.23 ( SD  = 3.80. Internal consistency was high at alpha = .84. The authors reported the results of a principal compon

Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Anxiety Questionnaire (MSEAQ)

  Scale name: Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Anxiety Questionnaire (MSEAQ) Scale overview: The Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Anxiety Questionnaire (MSEAQ) is a 29-item self-report measure of both mathematics self-efficacy and mathematics anxiety. Author: Diana Kathleen May Response Type: Items are rated on a 5-point Likert-type scale following a “no response” option: 1 = Never 2 = Seldom 3 = Sometimes 4 = Often 5 = usually Sample items 1. I feel confident enough to ask questions  in my mathematics class. 6. I worry that I will not be able to get a  good grade in my mathematics course.   Subscales and basic statistics for the MSEAQ       Self-Efficacy M = 44.11, SD = 10.78, alpha = .93       Anxiety M = 46.47, SD = 12.61, alpha = .93       Total Scale M = 90.58, SD = 22.78, alpha = .96 Reliability: See the Cronbach’s alpha levels reported above. Validity: There were significant positive correlations with similar measures. The results of a Fa