Pressure points: a review of research on stressors and strains in UK academics
AbstractThis paper reviews research on occupational stressors and strains amongst academics working in UK universities. A brief history of research conducted in this field in the USA, Australia and the UK is provided. Four major themes are considered: (a) the prevalence of self-reported occupational stress and strain; (b) the features of academic work that are potentially stressful; (c) the impact of these stressors; and (d) observed differences between gender, age and grade. Studies reviewed here suggest that, in comparison to other professionals and community samples, academic staff experience less job satisfaction and extremely low levels of psychological health. Potential explanations for the rise in levels of self-reported stressors and strains are explored, as are the implications of the research findings reported here. Some recommendations for future research are highlighted.
CitationKinman, G. (2001) 'Pressure points: A review of research on stressors and strains in UK academics' Educational psychology, 21(4), 473-492.
PublisherCarfax Publishing Co.
TypeConference papers, meetings and proceedings