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NCJ Number: 98464 Find in a Library
Title: Managerial Stress in Corrections Personnel
Journal: Corrective and Social Psychiatry and Journal of Behavior Technology Methods and Therapy  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1985)  Pages:39-45
Author(s): R B Weinberg; J H Evans; C A Otten; H A Marlowe
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the nature and intensity of stress affecting 32 administrators and senior managers in the Florida Department of Corrections.
Abstract: The total amount of stress experienced as well as the type of stressors reported by corrections managers were compared to that of managers in other human service organizations including: two state psychiatric hospitals, two community mental health centers, and a general hospital. All subjects were administered the Managerial Stress Inventory in order to assess environmental stressors and the extent to which they were affected by them. Results indicated that although corrections managers experienced neither more nor less stress than managers in other human service professions, the particular pressures they faced were distinctly different. Corrections managers reported far more tension involving relations with subordinates. Poor employee productivity, having to reprimand or terminate an employee, insubordination and poor communication were among the greatest sources of stress for correction managers. This study provides further evidence that the major areas of perceived stress in corrections lie in administrative aspects of the job and intraorganizational relations. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Correctional officer stress; Corrections management; Stress assessment
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