International Journal of Stress Management

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 285–298 | Cite as

Occupational Stress in University Staff

  • Anthony H. Winefield
  • Richard Jarrett


A survey was conducted of all staff members of an established Australian metropolitan university. The overall response rate for noncasual staff was 72% (77% for general staff and 65% for academic staff) resulting in a sample of N = 2,040. High levels of psychological stress were observed, despite the fact that trait anxiety and job satisfaction were normal. Psychological distress was highest and job satisfaction lowest among academic staff engaged in both teaching and research. In general, university staff reported high levels of autonomy and social support from colleagues. However those engaged in both teaching and research reported increased pressure arising from funding cuts to universities, resulting in heavier teaching loads and greater difficulty in securing research funds, as well as a decline in facilities and support for both teaching and research. The results are discussed in relation to the Demand–Control and Person–Environment Fit models of job stress.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaide, South AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research OrganisationMelbourne

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