Stress, flourishing and intention to leave of teachers: Does coping type matter?

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Stress, flourishing and intention to leave of teachers: Does coping type matter?
 
Creator Marais-Opperman, Vasti Rothmann, Sebastiaan van Eeden, Chrizanne
 
Subject organisational behaviour well-being; mental health; coping; stress; intention to leave; teachers
Description Orientation: Teachers face a demanding work environment which might cause stress. Depending on teachers’ coping profile, distress might indirectly affect teachers’ intentions to resign from their jobs via their flourishing.Research purpose: This study aimed to investigate the associations between teachers’ perceived stress, flourishing at work, intention to leave their jobs and coping types.Motivation for the study: The effect of stress on flourishing at work has not been studied in relation to teachers’ intentions to leave. Furthermore, no person-centred studies on coping of teachers in relation to their well-being and retention were found.Research approach/design and method: A sample of teachers (n = 209) participated in a cross-sectional study. The Perceived Stress Scale, Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (COPE) Inventory, Flourishing-at-Work Scale – Short Form and Intention to Leave Scale were administered. Latent variable modelling was used to analyse the data.Main findings: Flourishing at work was positively associated with perceived positive stress and low perceived distress. Perceived distress impacted teachers’ intentions to leave directly and indirectly (via low flourishing). Perceived positive stress indirectly and negatively impacted teachers’ intentions to leave via flourishing. Person-centred analyses identified three types of copers that were associated with perceived positive stress and distress.Practical/managerial implications: It is essential to focus on teachers’ stress, coping type and flourishing to promote their retention.Contribution/value-add: This study provided insights regarding the associations between teachers’ perceived stress, flourishing at work and intention to leave their jobs. Moreover, it showed that coping types are associated with the perceived stress of teachers.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor National Research Foundation
Date 2021-04-21
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajip.v47i0.1834
 
Source SA Journal of Industrial Psychology; Vol 47 (2021); 11 pages 2071-0763 0258-5200
 
Language eng
 
Relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/120262 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1834/3145 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1834/3143 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1834/3144 https://sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1834/3142
 
Coverage Sedibeng area; Gauteng 2018-2019 Mean age = 41.59, 19.6% Male and 79.4% Female
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess Copyright (c) 2021 Vasti Marais-Opperman, Sebastiaan Rothmann, Chrizanne van Eeden https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0