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Positive Psychological affinities among Primary School Teachers

Linden, A.R.D. van (2013) Positive Psychological affinities among Primary School Teachers.

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Abstract:Introduction. Because workload numbers of absenteeism, of Dutch teachers are increasing during the past years, the current study aimed to explore these two factors in a group of primary school teachers. The goal was to find positive psychological affinities that may form a buffer against them. Those studied affinities are living by personal values and social support at work. They could result in suggestions to increase well-being of primary school teachers and decrease health care costs and costs caused by absenteeism. Methods. The study included 247 primary school teachers from the Dutch organization ‘Consent’ for primary schools. They were asked, by a letter from ‘Consent’, to fill in an online-questionnaire. The measuring instruments from this questionnaire were: a scale named ‘job demands’, measuring workload, the “Engaged Living Scale” measuring living by personal values, the subscale social support of the “Job Content Questionnaire” to measure social support at work and a scale measuring absenteeism. The analysis was accomplished with different measuring methods in SPSS. Results. The results showed a positive correlation between social support at work and job demands. Negative correlations were found between social support at work and absenteeism and between living by personal values and absenteeism. There were no moderating effects of social support at work and living by personal values found on the relationship of job demands and absenteeism. Discussion. The study did not find that the relationship between workload and absenteeism is dependent on living by personal values and social support at work. This conclusion can be explained by a few weaknesses of this study. Either way are living by personal values and social support at work important factors that need to be more researched and need to be promoted in practice.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63528
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