With a little help from my principal
Johnson, Jessie Lynn
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Many studies have explored the effects of workplace support and student misbehavior on teachers’ job satisfaction independently, however, no prior research has considered the relationship between these three variables. Furthermore, many researchers have focused their attention on severe student misbehavior, such as violence and drug use, while the effects of more common misbehavior on teachers’ job satisfaction are often ignored. This study fills these gaps in the literature by using the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey to investigate the effects of both types of discipline on job satisfaction and explore the moderating effects of principal and coworker support on the negative relationship between student misbehavior and job satisfaction. The results suggest that both types of discipline negatively affect teachers’ job satisfaction. Also, principal support had a significant moderating effect on the influence of both discipline types; however, coworker support had only a slight moderating effect on common misbehavior.