Date of Award

2020

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

School of Education

Abstract

There is a long-standing shortage of school psychologists (Curtis, Hunley, & Grier, 2004; McIntosh, 2004; Fagan, 2004; Castillo, Curtis, & Tan, 2014). a shortage that allows the social, emotional, and academic needs of American school-children to go under served. to understand better the working conditions that may contribute to this shortage, a sample of Illinois school psychologists were surveyed. the aim of this study was fourfold. First, to collect rates of job satisfaction, the experience of burnout, and the five-year occupational intentions of school psychologists. Second, to measure the rates of occupational stress coping styles. Third, to build a model, using hierarchical multiple regression, to predict stress coping with rates of job satisfaction, burnout, occupational intentions, and age. Lastly, when age was found to be a predictor of coping style, the relationship of generational cohort was compared to occupational coping style. This study indicates that job satisfaction is high among Illinois school psychologists. Yet, these school psychologists experience a number of the symptoms of burnout. Although school psychologists were found to employ mostly positive coping strategies, younger school psychologists, belonging to the Millennial generation when compared to Generation X, were more likely to endorse an avoidant coping style.

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