Predictors of Stress among Academic Staff of Makerere University

  • Rose Atugonza College of Education and External Studies
  • Peter Baguma School of Psychology
  • Tom Balojja East African School of Higher Education Studies and Development, Makerere University
Keywords: stress, stressor, depression, workload


This study examined predictors of stress among the academic staff of Makerere University. The study followed a Pragmatism paradigm and a convergent parallel survey design. Data were collected from a sample of 253 respondents, selected using disproportionate stratified sampling for colleges and staff, and purposive sampling for 18 administrators of colleges that make up Makerere University. Quantitative data were collected using a questionnaire and analysed using descriptive statistics to quantify responses whereas qualitative data were collected using a structured interview and analysed thematically. The findings revealed that workload, responsibility for people and socioeconomic status predicted stress. Findings showed that there is high stress at 74.38% reported by academic staff of Makerere University. Therefore, it was concluded that the aforementioned factors have a bearing on stress amongst academic staff. It was thus recommended that managers and supervisors of academic staff in universities ensure that these factors have no bearing on stress amongst academic staff, the government of Uganda and management of universities should consider the economic status of academic staff improved to curtail stress among them, and management of universities should put mechanisms to balance staff workload and ensure personal health of academic staff is well catered for


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How to Cite
Atugonza, R., Baguma, P., & Balojja, T. (2021, January 15). Predictors of Stress among Academic Staff of Makerere University. African Journal of Education,Science and Technology, 6(2), Pg 202-217. Retrieved from