Educators, School Administrators, Mental Health workers, and
parents ought to be aware of teacher stress because of the critical role
teachers play all societies. High levels of stress may lead to burnout.
There are several measures of teacher stress, which can help you assess and monitor stress levels. One popular
measure is the Teacher Stress Inventory
(TSI) revised by Schutz and
Long in 1988. The scale uses a 5-point Likert-type scale to rate stressful
situations in seven categories (an item example in parentheses):
Role ambiguity (I am unclear on what the scope and
responsibilities of my job are)
Role stress (I find that I have extra work beyond what
should be normally expected of me)
Organizational management (My administrative head does not ask
my opinion on decisions that directly affect me)
Job satisfaction (All in all, I would say that am I am not
satisfied with my job)
Life satisfaction (My life is currently quite lonely)
Task stress (I find that dealing with student discipline problems
puts a lot of stress on me)
Supervisory support (My administrative head does not pay
attention to what I say)
Concepts for Counselors
Available in over 12 countries.
Reliability values range widely depending on the study. Many are in acceptable ranges. Check out the articles online relevant to your proposed sample (e.g., U.S. Elementary School Teachers). The TSI has been used in various countries and there are different translations available.
You can find many articles on the TSI online, including the
full text of the original and revised (shorter) versions. The shorter, 36-item version is more recent.
Here’s a link to articles on the Teacher Stress Inventory at science.gov
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