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The relationship of occupational stress, psychological strain, satisfaction with job, commitment to the profession, age, and resilience to the turnover intentions of special education teachers


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

This paper presents findings from a study of factors that lead to special education teacher attrition and retention involving 212 special educators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Structural equation modeling was used to test a hypothesized model of the relationship between Teacher/Administrative Support, Role Dissonance, Psychological Strain, Satisfaction with Job, Commitment to the Profession, Age, and Psychological Resilience to determine which variables directly and indirectly affect the turnover intentions of special education teachers. Structural equation modeling identified a path model wherein nine variables had a statistically significant influence on special education teacher turnover intentions. This paper reports on significant findings that emphasize for the first time the role of psychological resilience in the study of special education teacher retention. In addition, the confirmed path model suggests that one's perception of the effects of adversity due to physical or sexual abuse and adversity due to family loss play some role related to resilience. As the perception of Psychological Resilience increases, Commitment to the Profession increases, and the Intent to Leave the field of special education decreases.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Special education;
Occupational psychology;
School administration
Classification
0529: Special education
0624: Occupational psychology
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; Age; Commitment; Job satisfaction; Resilience; Special education; Stress; Teachers; Turnover intentions
Title
The relationship of occupational stress, psychological strain, satisfaction with job, commitment to the profession, age, and resilience to the turnover intentions of special education teachers
Author
Elitharp, Toni
Number of pages
147
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0247
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542561399, 0542561395
Advisor
Salmon, Richard
University/institution
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University location
United States -- Virginia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3208248
ProQuest document ID
305381130
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305381130
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