Investigation of stress and burnout in Irish second-level teachers: A mixed-methods approach.

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dc.contributor.advisor Murphy, Mike en
dc.contributor.author Foley, Conor
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-03T15:33:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-03T15:33:31Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.date.submitted 2013
dc.identifier.citation Foley, C. 2013. Investigation of stress and burnout in Irish second-level teachers: A mixed-methods approach. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 330
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1426
dc.description.abstract This study explores the experiences of stress and burnout in Irish second level teachers and examines the contribution of a number of individual, environmental and health factors in burnout development. As no such study has previously been carried out with this sample, a mixed-methods approach was adopted in order to comprehensively investigate the subject matter. Teaching has consistently been identified as a particularly stressful occupation and research investigating its development is of great importance in developing measures to address the problem. The first phase of study involved the use of focus groups conducted with a total of 20 second-level teachers from 11 different schools in the greater Cork city area. Findings suggest that teachers experience a variety of stressors – in class, in the staff room and outside of school. The second phase of study employed a survey to examine the factors associated with burnout. Analysis of 192 responses suggested that burnout results from a combination of demographic, personality, environmental and coping factors. Burnout was also found to be associated with a number of physical symptoms, particularly trouble sleeping and fatigue. Findings suggest that interventions designed to reduce burnout must reflect the complexity of the problem and its development. Based on the research findings, interventions that combine individual and organisational approaches should provide the optimal chance of effectively tackling burnout. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Conor Foley en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Burnout en
dc.subject Stress en
dc.subject Teaching en
dc.subject Teachers en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Mixed-methods en
dc.subject Focus group en
dc.subject Survey en
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers--Job stress--Ireland en
dc.title Investigation of stress and burnout in Irish second-level teachers: A mixed-methods approach. en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Arts) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Psychology en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor mike.murphy@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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