So far the respondent has
compared his or her score on only an a priori or very simple basis. How
this score may stand in comparison with those of a variety of other
teachers -- whether they be regular or special education; male or
female; or elementary, middle, or secondary-is another important
consideration that may warrant interpretation. Doing so requires the TSI
user to make somewhat detailed normative comparisons. The norm group
composition and size to which TSI respondent scores are being compared
are profiled in the balance of the tables in Chapter 3. Because some of
the stress subscales' distributions tend to be positively skewed (most
notably Behavioral Manifestations, Gastronomic Manifestations, and
Cardiovascular Manifestations), the subscale and scale scores are
compared to decile ranges as opposed to individual percentiles.
These comparisons can be made
at the reference group level, the gender level, and/or the grade level.