Investigating resilience to stress in teachers: can you help? | Education Support Partnership

Investigating resilience to stress in teachers: can you help?

Teaching is one of the most stressful occupations. Stress can lead to burn out, anxiety and depression. Teachers identify several factors contributing to stress, including student behavior and workload demands. Although occupational factors contributing towards stress can be identified, less is known about key psychological factors that promote resilience against chronic occupational stress.

Some individuals are more resilient than others, and respond differently to long-term stress. Kings College's Cognition in Emotional Disorders and Resilience Group need full time teachers to help research the psychological factors underlying resilience to long-term stress. This will help to develop future interventions to promote resilience and prevent anxiety and depression in teachers.

Who can take part?

Full-time primary, secondary and sixth form college class teachers aged 18 to 70 who work in a UK. 

What will happen if I take part?

You will first be sent a brief screening questionnaire to assess eligibility and, if eligible, you will be invited to attend a research session at King’s College London, Denmark Hill campus. There is an option for us to send you the questionnaires online to fill in within 24 hours of your scheduled session.

The research session will last approximately 45 minutes or 55 if questionnaires are completed in the session. One task involves watching short films, some of which may be distressing. Another task involves categorizing pictures and making judgements about them. You will also be asked to describe and think about a stressful work situation, and answer questions about this.

You will be given £25 to help contribute to your travel and time. Your data will be anonymized so that the researchers will not be able to give you individual feedback on the tasks, but they will be able to provide a summary of the findings once the research has been completed.

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