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International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review

Vol. 3(6), pp. 143-157. July, 2015.

ISSN: 2360-7866

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2015.038


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Occupational Stress among Secondary School Teachers and their Coping Strategies: The Case of Central Zone of Tigray Region


Hagos Atsbeha Gebrekirstos


College of Social Sciences and Languages, Aksum University, Ethiopia. Email: hagos1000@gmail.com


Accepted 22 July 2015



This study employed a cross-sectional survey method which intended at inspecting the current level of occupational stress, possible contributing factors and the mostly used coping strategies by central zone secondary school teachers of Tigray region. The study area consists of 1139 secondary school teachers and out of them 321 participants were taken for this study. Again, to select the sample schools, cluster random sampling and then lottery method of simple random sampling techniques were used. All BA holder teachers of the selected sample schools (except the principals and vice principals) were included in the sample size. To collect data for the study, occupational stress inventory, coping-questionnaire and stressor-questionnaire were used. To analyze the collected data, both descriptive and inferential statistics were applied. Accordingly, the result of the occupational stress inventory indicated that, all the secondary school teachers experienced high level of occupational stress. The dominant stressors were interpersonal related sources, administrative related sources and students’-parents related sources respectively. Besides, the mostly used coping strategy by more than half of the teachers was turning to religion. What is more, the result of this study also indicated that gender, work place and family size have no effect in experiencing occupational stress among the teachers. On the contrary, age and work experience have significant mean difference. Based on the findings of this study, the following recommendation was made. The educational bureaus of the central zone and the region, health professionals and other educational practitioners, in collaboration with the schools, should take appropriate measures to reduce the current level of the teachers’ occupational stress and to make them use the most effective coping strategies.

Key words: occupational stress, stressors, coping strategies, teachers


Cite This Article As: Gebrekirstos HA (2015). Occupational Stress Among Secondary School Teachers And Their Coping Strategies :The Case Of Central Zone Of Tigray Region. Inter. J. Acad. Res. Educ. Rev. 3(6): 143-157.




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