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Document ID (ISN)108260
CIS number 08-733
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bauer J., Unterbrink T., Hack A., Pfeifer R., Buhl-Grießhaber V., Müller U., Wesche H., Frommhold M., Seibt R., Scheuch K., Wirsching M.
Title Working conditions, adverse events and mental health problems in a sample of 949 German teachers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2007, Vol.80, No.5, p.442-449. 37 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to explore the workload of teachers, to analyse the extent of negative or threatening school-related events teachers are confronted with and to evaluate mental health strain. A sample of 949 German teachers in 10 high schools and 79 middle schools was investigated applying a questionnaire covering different aspects of the occupational burden and threatening events, and the general health questionnaire (GHQ-12). More than 42% had faced verbal insults, almost 7% deliberate damage to personal property and 4.4% threats of violence by pupils during the past 12 months. When applying the GHQ-12, 29.8% reported significant mental health problems. Teachers in middle schools indicated more of such problems than those of high schools. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; psychology of work organization; mental health; violence; workload assessment; stress factors; teaching; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; risk factors; questionnaire survey; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Mental stress and burnout
Psychological factors
Teaching and educational institutions
Psychology of work organization
Violence
Violence and terrorism