Teacher stress as related to locus of control, sex, and age

Glennelle Halpin, Karen Harris, Gerald Halpin

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This study was designed to test the hypothesis that a feeling of being in control will make potentially stressful environmental events less so. Subjects were practicing teachers about whom little was known regarding the relationship between locus of control and stress. They responded to the Teacher Locus of Control Scale and the Teacher Occupational Stress Factor Questionnaire. Multivariate and bivariate analyses of their responses showed that locus of control were related to teacher stress. As hypothesized, teachers who felt that they were in control reported less stress in their world of work than did those who did not feel influential in their educational environment. Neither sex nor age moderated this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-140
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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