The study examined socio-demographic predictors of occupational stress among secondary school teachers in Anambra State – Nigeria. Five hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The population of the study was six thousand and thirty six (6,036) teachers from public schools in the state. The sample of the study consisted of one thousand teachers, made up of four hundred and fifty males and five hundred and fifty females. Stratified random sampling technique was used to draw the sample. The instrument used in this study was a structured questionnaire - Job Related Stress Inventory (JSI). The JSI was developed after a careful and critical identification of the possible factors that could be associated with stress as highlighted by earlier researchers. The instrument was duly validated and had a reliability co-efficient of 0.82. This was done through test-test method at three weeks interval. The mean, standard deviation, t-test and analysis of variance, (ANOVA) were used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The results show that the level of stress is related to the teachers’ gender. Teachers’ age significantly influences their level of stress exhibition. Marital status is not a predictor of occupational stress among teachers. Teachers’ income does not significantly influence the level of stress exhibited by them. There is significant influence of family size on the level of stress exhibited by teachers. Recommendations were made based on the findings and counseling implications highlighted.
Anene Eunice Mmaduakonam, Nwafor Orizu College Of Education, Nigeria
Stream: Psychology and Education
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