A Correlational Research Study of Positive Behavioral Support and Teacher Stress

A Correlational Research Study of Positive Behavioral Support and Teacher Stress

Author: 
Jemel Hence
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
Researchers who specialize in the causes of stress for high school teachers and management of students’ behavioral issues have concluded that the presence of positive behavioral supports may be essential to creating successful strategies for students with behavior issues. The specific problem of this quantitative correlational study was that one of the major causes of stress for teachers in high school is management of students’ behavioral issues. The intent of the study was to examine whether a significant relationship existed between the level of positive behavior support and levels of job stress in high school teachers of the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) Catholic School District. Secondarily, the intent was to examine the extent to which teachers’ years of teaching, age, and gender moderated the relationship between the level of positive behavior support and level of teachers’ job stress, consistent with the research questions and hypotheses. The sample for the study of high school teachers took the following surveys: the Effective Behavior Support Survey and the Teacher Stress Inventory. The results of the correlation test indicated a significant negative association between levels of positive behavior support and levels of teacher stress (r = -.464, p = .0001). This finding indicated that teachers with high stress levels tended to have lower levels of positive behavioral support. The findings of the relationship between the level of positive behavior support and levels of teachers’ job stress have led to school improvement and encouraged classroom environments that were healthy for educators.
Dedication: 
This dissertation is dedicated to my cousin. Your life was short lived but through it I gained the motivation, inspiration, and God given strength to complete and attempt at what most people would call the impossible, my dissertation. You always told me, “to follow my dreams and people would follow me. Nobody understands you like you understand yourself. Why work a 9 to 5 job that you do not like when you can run the world doing something that you do like? Live and die for what you believe in. Live and die for your respect.” –The late DeVaron Ednardo Gray 1979-2005.
Acknowledgements: 
In order to truly show gratitude and acknowledgment of the people who made this journey possible I wish to summarize the gratitude through each educational milestone of graduation starting from high school up to now. First and foremost, I would like to recognize God for giving me the eternal and internal strength necessary to complete this journey. Second, I would like to recognize my mother, Rev. Dr. Valencia Moultrie. You represent my foundation and upbringing, my family, and moral character; without you this dissertation would not have been completed. Third, I would like to recognize my father, Jesse Hence, from the seed of Jesse a child shall be born and that child shall be king, Colonel Melvin A. Holland (Patriarch), DeVaron E. Holland (Heart), Everette Holland (Self-Esteem), Reverend Gregory Guice (role model), Reverend Louis Forsythe, Howard Golding (special), Erik Kirk (lead), all brothers of Unity Lodge 28, and the late Felton Freeman (draw the L, keep trying) for giving me the guidance and advice needed to be a strong positive man. Fourth, I would like to recognize my professional family at Detroit Loyola High School. Fifth, I would like to recognize Dr. Jacqueline Vrdoljak for your positive energy and encouragement, you served as committee member and chair when no one else would. Dr. Brenda McCartney and Dr. Katherine Downey thank you. Dr. Crystal Davis, Dr. Julie Conzelmann, and Dr. Tom Granoff, without your suggestions I would not have made it. Thank you! Jada Marie and Jeremiah Mosiah, I just wanted to be somebody you could be proud of; I just wanted to break the cycle and give you what I never had inside my childhood home. I love you both my princess and prince. Last and most powerfully, in the game of chess it is the Queen who is the most powerful piece on the board although the King is of equal rank and most important. The importance is only because of the vision of the head to provide and protect the interest of her majesty, the body, the place of vitality and sacredness. I would like to recognize my Queen, the ying to my yang, my twin heartbeat, my rib and soul mate, Angela Marie Love Hence. Nobody has believed in me as a man and as a leader like you have. Nobody can motivate me to climb the highest of all mountains like you. Nobody can love me like you do, through encouragement, detriment, incarceration, trials and tribulation, rain, snow, cold, hot, cloudy or sunny weather. You have stayed by my side through the ups and downs and this dissertation is just as much yours as it is mine because of the sacrifices we have made together. I love you wife, we did it!