Predictors of Stress Among National Park Residential Recreation Employees


  • Edward J. Ruddell
  • Gary D. Ellis


Concessionaires, residential employees, community solidarity, employee stress.


Worker stress presents a special challenge to managers of recreation enterprises in national parks and other locations in which employees live in temporary on-site housing. This study examined the effect of motivations, environmental and social conditions, and select job characteristics on stress levels of concession employees in a national park. Data were collected by means of face-to-face interviews from a random sample of 121 employees of Yosemite Park and Curry Company during the summer of 1990. Three variables were found to be significant contributors to employee stress: housing problems, community solidarity, and occupational status. Results suggest that employers in isolated locations such as national parks attend to issues of housing, community solidarity, and recruitment strategies.





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