Work Stress and Coping Styles: a Comparison between Government and Private School Teachers

Author: Ayesha Zafar

Supervisor: Ms. Tehreem Arshad

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The major aim of the present research was to compare work stress and coping styles between government and private female school teachers. Independent Sample Research Design was followed. Purposive sampling was used to collect sample of 100 women school teachers (n=50 from government and n=50 from private schools). Demographic Questionnaire, Teacher Stress Inventory (TSI), Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ-U) was used to assess work stress and coping styles, t-test, Pearson Product and Chi-square were run to compare, correlate and to assess the association between variables. Results revealed that government and private schools were not different with respect to work stress and coping styles. Significant difference was found between married and unmarried female school teachers with respect to work stress. Results indicated positive correlation between moderate level of work stress and emotion focused coping style whereas negative relationship existed between high level of work stress and b o t h e m o t i o n s f o c u s e d c o p i n g s t y l e & p r o b l e m f o c u s e d c o p i n g s t y l e .

Keywords: Stress, Emotion Focused Coping, Problem Focused Coping, School Teachers.

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