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.


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 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. https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/edspec201019/98

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

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