Stress Sources of School Principals' and Ways of Coping with Stress: A Qualitative Analysis


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Cevik M. S. , NEYİŞCİ N., ERÇETİN Ş. Ş.

HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, vol.37, no.1, pp.274-290, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier

Abstract

This study aims to determine the sources of stress of school principals' and ways of coping with stress. The research is in a descriptive survey model and it is carried out as a case study. Study group consists of 11 school administrators who were working in the city center of Siirt in the 2017-2018 academic year and were selected by criterion sampling from purposeful sampling methods. In the collection of research data, a semi structured individual interview form was used. The data of the research were analyzed by descriptive analysis. The research data were analyzed under 5 themes and 37 sub-themes. As a result of the research, it was determined that parents' indifference, indecisive behaviors of parents, undocumented behaviors of teachers, unnecessary reports and permission of teachers and staff, the empty lectures of the students and the unimportance of the given task cause stress in the school administrators. It has been revealed that stress causes tension and discomfort in the school, negatively affects social relations, causes health problems such as headache, heartburn, anorexia, tension and insomnia. It has been determined that school administrators have tried different ways to relieve stress, to stay away from stressful environments, to do sports, to read books, to be insensitive to stress, to be optimistic, to think about beautiful things, to develop empathy and to solve stressful events.