Published On: Mon, Jul 4th, 2016

Burnout in teachers can affect students



A research study has revealed that teachers suffering from burnout can moreover promote stress in students.

The research study is the initial of its kind to inspect the association amid teacher burnout and students’ cortisol levels, which are a biological sign of strain.

To conduct the research study, the team composed saliva samples from more than 400 elementary school kids and examined their cortisol levels. The results illustrated that classrooms where teachers bear much burnout, or feelings of emotional tiredness, the cortisol levels in pupils were also enhanced.

Elevated cortisol levels in elementary school kids have been connected to learning problems and also mental health issues.

Eva Oberle, who is the lead author and assistant Professor at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, stated that “This suggests that stress contagion might be taking place in the classroom among students and their teachers,”

A tense classroom climate can be an effect of insufficient support for teachers, which can affect teachers’ capability to efficiently administer their students.

An inadequately managed classroom can add to students’ requirements not being met and elevating stress. This could be reflected in high cortisol levels in pupils.

Oberle further added that “It is unknown what came first-elevated cortisol or teacher burnout. We consider the connection between student and teacher stress a cyclical problem in the classroom,”

Instead, strain could derive from students, who can be much challenging to teach as of elevates in anxiety, behavioral issues, or exceptional requirements. In this situation, teachers can experience overpowered and report elevated levels of burnout.

Oberle further continued that “Our study is a reminder of the systemic issues facing teachers and educators as classroom sizes increase and supports for teachers is cut,”

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, who is professor at UBC, continued that “It is clear from a number of recent research studies that teaching is one of the most stressful professions, and that teachers need adequate resources and support in their jobs in order to battle burnout and alleviate stress in the classroom,”

Reichl suggested that “If we do not support teachers, we risk the collateral damage of students,”

To conduct the research study, which was presented in the journal Social Science & Medicine, the team conducted a survey of students in grade four to seven classrooms at 17 public schools.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.