Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Hilt


This exploratory study investigated worksite stress and stress management interest within the television industry, and built on sociological theory pertinent to media organizations’ pressures. A self-administered survey instrument was internally distributed at two local commercial television stations. From the purposive sample, 58 subjects (23 men, and 33 women) completed and returned questionnaires. Subjects identified time pressures as their major source of occupational stress, followed by management conflict. Time and management pressures also represented about 70 percent of personnel’s perceived barriers to practice of worksite stress management techniques. Perceptions of worksite stress management interest differed between departments. While further research is needed to determine specific managerial/personnel conflicts, overall results indicated personnel would like more managerial support, particularly in relationship to lack-of-manpower issues. Results indicated a need for additional assessment between departments. Additionally, all television-industry personnel could profit from further education regarding organizational and personal benefits from an implementation of worksite stress management techniques.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1995 Kathleen A. Vampola.