Levels of wellbeing, resilience, and physical activity amongst Irish pre-service teachers: a baseline study

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2019-12-14
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O'Brien, Niamh
Lawlor, Martin
Chambers, Fiona
Breslin, Gavin
O'Brien, Wesley
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Taylor & Francis
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The current study examines the wellbeing, resilience and physical activity (PA) levels among Irish pre-service teachers. Participants were a sample of 128 higher education students (29% male; 71% female; mean age range 18–27 years old) who completed a self-report questionnaire, using a combination of established instruments for wellbeing, resilience, and PA. Descriptive data revealed that 39.1% presented with low levels of resilience, and 74% were not meeting the PA guidelines for health. One sample t-tests further revealed the sample population of higher education students had lower wellbeing (t (127) = −3.05, p = .003) and resilience (t (127) = −6.48, p = .003) levels, when compared to the population normative data. Results from the existing study suggest that a structured mental health and PA education awareness intervention for Irish pre-service teachers may be warranted, specifically to increase the lower than expected levels of resilience. The existing sample of pre-service teachers are at a critical time of transition, as they move forward into a profession where self-awareness of wellbeing is required at the beginning of their careers to sustain health both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Intervention , Physical activity , Pre-service teachers , Resilience , Wellbeing
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O’ Brien, N., Lawlor, M., Chambers, F., Breslin, G. and O’ Brien, W. (2019) 'Levels of wellbeing, resilience, and physical activity amongst Irish pre-service teachers: a baseline study', Irish Educational Studies, pp. 1-18. doi: 10.1080/03323315.2019.1697948
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© 2019 Educational Studies Association of Ireland. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Irish Educational Studie on 14 Dec 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03323315.2019.1697948