Instructions for Administration
  Avoidance of Sensitization to Stress


Teachers have varying beliefs about work-related stress. To minimize the reactive effects of such beliefs and attitudes, it is important that the issue of teacher stress not be raised, presented, or discussed prior to TSI completion. For this reason also, the final version of the TSI is not labeled "Teacher Stress Inventory"; rather, it is entitled the "Teacher Concerns Inventory." Cover letters, if used in survey or workshop work, may mention the topic of stress in passing but should not emphasize it; instead, practitioners and investigators usually mention "work-related problems." Once the Inventory has been administered to all respondents, it is then appropriate to discuss stress and the TSI assessment of stress-related work problems.