n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Etiological factors of stress and coping strategies among management staff of colleges of education in south west, Nigeria

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The purpose of the study was to investigate the causes of stress among the management staff of Colleges of Education in Nigeria. It also examined the level of stress as well as the strategies adopted by the management staff in coping with stress. The study is considered significant because, stress is one of the key factors usually associated with sudden death, especially among top working class individuals. A total of 271 management staff were selected using purposive and simple random sampling techniques. This study used a self-report questionnaire to assess the relationship between stressors and stress. The instrument was validated and had a reliability coefficient of 0.79. Data collected were subjected to descriptive statistics, t-test and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Statistics. The study revealed a significant relationship between all the identified stressors (self-induced stressors, organisational stressors, domestic stressors, macro-environmental stressors and miscellaneous stressors) and stress. However, there was no significant difference in the causes of stress between the management staff of Federal and State Colleges of Education. The study revealed that nearly half of the respondents 47.2% (n=128) experienced high level of stress. Also, more than half of the respondents were able to cope with stressful situations. It was recommended that workshops and seminars that focus on occupational stressors and effective coping strategies should be organised for all management staff in the Colleges of Education in Nigeria. Also, Colleges of Education should provide self-care outlets by making available recreational activities to all management staff.

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