A study of perceived stress, job satisfaction and work-life conflict among early years educators

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Jones, Simone
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between perceived stress, job satisfaction, work-life and life-work conflict among early years educators. 70 participants from a number of early years education services took part in the study. Results indicated that early years educators are most satisfied with the nature of work and their supervisor and are least satisfied with their opportunity for promotion and the pay they receive. Perceived stress was negatively correlated with job satisfaction and positively correlated with work-life conflict and life-work conflict. Perceived stress also predicted job satisfaction, work-life conflict and life-work conflict. The development of interventions to reduce stress levels can aid a work-life balance, increase job satisfaction which can only benefit the children in the early years education services. Author keywords: Job satisfaction, perceived stress, work-life conflict, early years educators