Cause and effect

January 14, 2005

You fail to acknowledge the research evidence that suggests that academics blame their high levels of stress primarily on the rapid deterioration they perceive in their working conditions ("Breathe deep and shut your eyes", January 7).

The implication of the article - that stress is solely a problem for the individual - encourages managers and government to see stress as an individual problem rather than one that might be a function of working conditions in higher education.

Gail Kinman
Luton University

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