Influence of combined programmes on the stress level of academic staff of University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Dr. Ernest-Ehibudu, Ijeoma Regina
The study investigated influence of combined programmes on the stress level of academic staff of University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Ex-post facto research design was used in this study. A sample size of 161 academic staff from the Faculty of Education University of Port Harcourt was used. Two research questions and hypotheses were answered and tested respectively. The instrument used for data collection is titled: Stress Index Scale (SIS) developed by the researcher. The SIS was composed of two sections. Section A elicited data on gender and rank of academic staff while section B comprised of 20 items relating to the stress level of academic staff. The reliability coefficient of 0.74 was established using Cronbach alpha. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation while the hypotheses were tested with t-test of independence at 0.05 Alpha levels. The result of the study showed that there was significant influence of combined programmes on the stress level of male and female lecturers, junior and senior lecturers. It was recommended that social support at the home front should be provided to female lecturers. Again, the University authority should consider reverting these two programmes to the original pattern to enable the lecturers have a more convenient work schedule.