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Consequences of Job Stress for the Mental Health of Teachers

  • Irvin Sam SchonfeldEmail author
  • Renzo Bianchi
  • Peter Luehring-Jones
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Part of the Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being book series (AHSW)

Abstract

This chapter examines research on the relationship between job stressors and mental health (depressive symptoms, burnout, and mental disorders such as depression) in teachers. Teachers are exposed daily to job stressors (e.g., student disruptiveness) that have been linked to adverse mental health effects. Epidemiologic research indicates that when compared to members of other groups, teachers experience higher rates of mental disorder, although some studies question that conclusion. Large-scale studies indicate when compared to members of other occupational groups, teachers are at higher risk for exposure to workplace violence, with its adverse mental health consequences. Longitudinal research has linked teaching-related stressors to depressive and psychosomatic symptoms, alcohol consumption, and burnout. Research on the efficacy of workplace coping has been weak. Recent research suggests that burnout may be better conceptualized as a depressive syndrome than a separate entity.

Keywords

Teachers Stress Depression Burnout Violence Coping 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irvin Sam Schonfeld
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Renzo Bianchi
    • 3
  • Peter Luehring-Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe City College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Educational Psychology and PsychologyThe Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Work and Organizational PsychologyUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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