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ERIC Number: EJ924256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Primary School Teachers
Gold, Eluned; Smith, Alistair; Hopper, Ieuan; Herne, David; Tansey, Glenis; Hulland, Christine
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n2 p184-189 Apr 2010
Stress within the teaching profession has a negative impact on the health and well-being of individual teachers and on retention and recruitment for the profession as a whole. There is increasing literature to suggest that Mindfulness is a useful intervention to address a variety of psychological problems, and that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a particularly helpful intervention for stress. We investigated the effects of teaching a MBSR course to primary school teachers to reduce stress. The MBSR course was taught to a group of primary school teachers and evaluated to establish its effects on levels of anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as movement towards a stated goal and changes in awareness. The results showed improvement for most participants for anxiety, depression, and stress, some of which were statistically significant. There were also significant improvements on two of the four dimensions of a mindfulness skills inventory. These results suggest that this approach could be a potentially cost-effective method to combat teacher stress and burnout.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A