Journal Article

Stress: the perceptions of social work lectures in Britain

S Collins and B Parry-Jones

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 769-794
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Stress: the perceptions of social work lectures in Britain

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Stress has been a focus of attention for several years among various professional groups, including social work. However, only limited attention has been given to stress experienced by academics and even less to social work lecturers. This paper examines job satisfaction, felt pressure and stress amongst social work lecturers in the United Kingdom. It looks at demands, supports and constraints, psychological well-being, the impact of the department and the institution, and changes that might alleviate stress. The results obtained are compared, where possible, with studies of social workers and, in particular, academics in general.

A 60-item postal questionnaire was sent to all social work lecturers in the United Kingdom; 322 responses were received. Respondents enjoyed undertaking a wide variety of tasks and apparently received varying amounts of support from their managers. The social work lecturers experienced high levels of job satisfaction and stress scores were similar to those of the general United Kingdom population. But a significant proportion - one quarter - of social work lecturers were suffering from borderline levels of anxiety and depression. Overall, social work lecturers' responses were more favourable than the responses of other academics and social workers. In common with other research on stress, this study suggests that pressure and stress should not be seen primarily as individual problems, but as a product of interactions at team, department and institutional levels, and at the home/work interface.

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Subjects: Social Work

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