principals, stress, coping, cognitive flexibility, decision making, health, leadership
The present study sought to investigate perceptions of stress and coping among public school principals. School principals are daily called upon to make decisions regarding a range of unscripted events. The position can be stressful, and stress is known to interfere with sound decision making. It was predicted that present samples of school principals would report a mean level of elevated stress. Contrary to expectations, school principals did not report an elevated level of stress. They instead reported an ostensibly effective reliance on problem-focused and emotion-focused coping skills. It remains unclear how the school principals developed such adaptive means for coping with the stress of leading schools. It is recommended that future research explore this question so that such skills may be transmitted to principals-in-training.
Kaufman, J. A. (2019). Stress and coping among public school principals in a Midwest metropolitan sample. SAGE Open, 9(1). DOI: 10.1177/2158244019829549
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