Health Promotion R&D

Find below the Health Promotion Research and Development Projects IFIHP leads or collaborates with:

The Relationship between Wellbeing Indicators and Teacher Psychological Stress in Eastern Cape Public Schools in South Africa

The main objectives of this study were to assess the relationship between indicators of wellbeing and teacher psychological stress and to further assess the relative importance of these wellbeing indicators in explaining psychological stress variance in a large simple of Eastern Cape primary and high school teachers in South Africa. More specifically, we aimed to assess the relationship between psychological and subjective wellbeing measures, on the one side, and teacher psychological stress, on the other, and to further assess whether adding subjective and wellbeing into the person-environment fit variables contributes to explaining teacher psychological stress variance. The results implied that interventions focusing on improving psychological wellbeing and reduction of negative affect can contribute to stress prevention. Vazi, M.L.M. et al (2013), The relationship between wellbeing indicators and teacher psychological stress in Eastern Cape public schools in South Africa. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde, 39(1), Art. #1042, 10 pages.

Indicators of Subjective and Psychological Wellbeing as Correlates of Teachers Burnout in The Eastern Cape Public Schools, South Africa.

This article aims to assess subjective and psychological wellbeing correlates of teacher burnout. To achieve this, a cross-sectional randomised survey that targeted teachers in public schools in the Eastern Cape, South Africa was used. The main outcome variable was teacher burnout as indexed in measures of depersonalisation and emotional exhaustion. Correlation and hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to identify significant predictors of teacher depersonalisation and emotional exhaustion. Results reveal measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing added significantly to the explained variance in teachers’ feelings of depersonalisation and emotional exhaustion. The study suggests that indicators of subjective and psychological wellbeing can be evaluated for inclusión in burnout prevention intervention in teachers.  International Journal of Education Administration and Policy Studies Vol. 3 (10), pp. 160-169, October 2011. Availabe also at ISSN 2141 – 6656.

In Absentia. Explaining Sickness Absence Behaviours among Public School Teachers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: A Psychosociological Analysis.

Malik Vazi, IFIHP co-founder, presented the PhD dissertation In Absentia. Explaining Sickness Absence Behaviours among Public School Teachers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: A psychosociological Analysis in Maastricht University in November 2012.
In the South African context, teacher sickness absence has been mentioned as among the most important contributors to poor learner outcomes, more so in big provinces like the Eastern Cape.  Research on phenomenon of teacher sickness absence  spans many decades. Determinants commony mentioned include poor mental health related to stress and/or burnout. This study focuses in both risk factors and resilience or wellbeing factors as an effort to develop an intervention for sickness prevention in teachers.
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