Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Edgar A. Kelley

Second Advisor

Dr. David Cowden

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Brashear


The purpose of this study was to identify relationships among reported medical problems and life stressors perceived by a selected group of middle school administrators. The subjects were 110 members of the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators (MAMSE). Instruments used to collect data were the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) and the Medical Problems Checklist (MPC).

A single primary research question was investigated. Is there a correlation between stressful life events and reported medical probems of middle school administrators? Correlations were computed from data collected by administration of the two research instruments. The chi-square method was used for investigation.

An increase in the number of life stressors was accompanied by an increase in the number of reported medical problems at the.05 level of significance. A conclusion of this study is that there was a relationship between life events and medical problems. The findings of this study confirm findings of earlier research studies which were reviewed in Chapter II.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access