Job satisfaction and occupational stress in Catholic primary schools

Year: 2005

Author: De Nobile, John, McCormick, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The associations between job satisfaction and occupational stress have long been established. A considerable amount of literature has emerged in the context of schools and, in particular, teachers. However, the extent of the associations has not been investigated comprehensively in the context of Australian Catholic primary schools and non-teaching staff members have not received much attention in previous literature.

The relationships between job satisfaction and occupational stress were investigated as part of a larger study. The participants were the staff members of primary schools selected through stratified sampling. Three hundred and fifty six staff members from 52 primary schools of six Catholic school systems in New South Wales, Australia were involved in this study. Data were collected using a survey. Factor analysis was used to identify the underlying data structures.

Nine job satisfaction and four occupational stress factors were identified. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were utilised to investigate the hypothesised relationships. Moderate to strong correlations existed between most of the job satisfaction and occupational stress variables. However, multiple regressions revealed occupational stress to be the best predictor of only two job satisfaction variables. Occupational stress did, nevertheless explain considerable variance in other facets of job satisfaction. The results hold implications for school systems and school administrators.