Definition of the Model


The Teacher Stress Inventory (TSI) model is operationally defined in terms of 10 factors that comprise teacher stress. In both the literature and common usage of the term "work stress" it is apparent that certain things cause stress and that this stress, when it does occur, becomes evident in terms of any number of physiological, behavioral, and other types of "symptoms." It should thus be possible to identify one array of events that act as sources of stress and another of events that act as manifestations of stress. Such a structure is apparent in the TSI; five factors represent sources of stress, whereas another five represent manifestations. Collectively, the 10 factors represent the stress construct termed "Total Stress." The TSI model is shown in Figure 1 , and each factor is defined in detail later in this manual.