Primary teachers' knowledge and acquisition of stress relieving strategies

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Over the last 20 years there have been numerous studies of teacher stress but little is known of how teachers acquire coping strategies; their knowledge of those available to them and their opinion of these techniques. A total of 335 Norfolk primary teachers responded to a postal questionnaire providing biographical details; levels of job satisfaction and work related stress; responses to a range of commonly advocated techniques to reduce teacher stress and their opinion on who - if anyone - should take more responsibility for reducing teacher stress. On average the respondents were aware of 35 stress reduction strategies. The most effective strategies were ensuring that one understood what one was about to teach and thorough lesson preparation. A significant proportion of practitioners said that they would not consider seeking expert sources of advice. A total of 89 per cent of practitioners reported that they acquired at least some strategies through their own experience. It was concluded that the issue of teacher stress needs to be considered at governmental, school and individual levels. In the light of some resistance to traditional methods of stress reduction, the implications for initial and in-service training were explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1996


  • Adaption, Psychological
  • Teaching
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Questionnaires
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Stress, Psychological

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