Predictors of Stress Among National Park Residential Recreation Employees

Authors

  • Edward J. Ruddell
  • Gary D. Ellis

Keywords:

Concessionaires, residential employees, community solidarity, employee stress.

Abstract

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.

Published

1992-10-04

Issue

Section

Regular Papers