The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) in Professors who are Teaching Online, A Pilot Study

Dr. Rupsha Roy

Introduction: Due to COVID-19 all the educational institutions had to temporarily close their schools, colleges, institutes and universities. They sent their students and professors to their homes safely. As a consequence there was a huge uncertainty as to the future of the students education since this was a period all exams including board exams, admission tests for nursery, graduation and post graduation courses, entrance tests for courses like IIT, Engineering, Medical etc. Handful of schools, colleges, institutions and universities adapted the online teaching methods to continue with their studies. The Professors had to transform their class teaching into online teaching without being trained and with very limited resources. This posed a herculean task for the university Professors. The aim of this study is to examine the psychometric properties of the PSS-10 in university Professors. Methodology: This study included 100 professors of various universities who are teaching online in Kolkata between April 2020 and June 2020. The PSS-10 was administered to all the participants. Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) was used to evaluate the factor structure of the PSS-10. Chronbach’s alpha was used to evaluate internal consistency reliability. Result: The CFA indicated an acceptable fit of the data to the two-factor model (Perceived Helplessness and Self Efficacy factors) of PSS-10.Internal consistency of the scales and subscales was good. The PSS-10 and its subscale were significantly correlated with anxiety and depression. PSS-10 could differentiate between the genders also.

Volume 12 | Issue 7

Pages: 526-529

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I7/20202035