Educator Stress

An Occupational Health Perspective

  • Teresa Mendonça McIntyre
  • Scott E. McIntyre
  • David J. Francis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Defining the Problem of Educator Stress in the Context of Current Education Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Rebecca J. Collie, Nancy E. Perry, Andrew J. Martin
      Pages 3-22
    3. Irvin Sam Schonfeld, Renzo Bianchi, Peter Luehring-Jones
      Pages 55-75
    4. Silja Bellingrath, Brigitte M. Kudielka
      Pages 77-100
    5. Einar M. Skaalvik, Sidsel Skaalvik
      Pages 101-125
    6. Stephanie L. Cano, Belinda Bustos Flores, Lorena Claeys, Daniel A. Sass
      Pages 127-155
    7. Christopher J. McCarthy, Sally Lineback, Paul G. Fitchett, Richard G. Lambert, Maytal Eyal, Lauren H. Boyle
      Pages 157-177
  3. Understanding Educator Stress from an Occupational Health Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-180
    2. Margot van der Doef, Chris Verhoeven
      Pages 197-222
    3. Toon W. Taris, Peter L. M. Leisink, Wilmar B. Schaufeli
      Pages 237-259
    4. Teresa Mendonça McIntyre, Scott E. McIntyre, Christopher D. Barr, David J. Francis, Angelia C. Durand
      Pages 261-289
  4. Managing and Reducing Stress in Education Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-292
    2. Paul Landsbergis, Jeanette Zoeckler, Bianca Rivera, Darryl Alexander, Amy Bahruth, Wendy Hord
      Pages 369-410
    3. Tom Cox, Magda Marczak, Kevin Teoh, Juliet Hassard
      Pages 411-435
  5. Implications for Research, Practice, and Policy in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-438
    2. David J. Francis, Christopher D. Barr, Julia S. Benoit, Teresa Mendonça McIntyre
      Pages 439-470
    3. Scott E. McIntyre, Teresa Mendonça McIntyre, David J. Francis
      Pages 485-505
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 507-511

About this book


This book brings together the most current thinking and research on educator stress and how education systems can support quality teachers and quality education. It adopts an occupational health perspective to examine the problem of educator stress and presents theory-driven intervention strategies to reduce stress load and support educator resilience and healthy school organizations. The book provides an international perspective on key challenges facing educators such as teacher stress, teacher retention, training effective teachers, teacher accountability, cyber-bullying in schools, and developing healthy school systems. Divided into four parts, the book starts out by introducing and defining the problem of educator stress internationally and examining educator stress in the context of school, education system, and education policy factors. Part I includes chapters on educator mental health and well-being, stress-related biological vulnerabilities, the relation of stress to teaching self-efficacy, turnover in charter schools, and the role of culture in educator stress. Part II reviews the main conceptual models that explain educator stress while applying an occupational health framework to education contexts which stresses the role of organizational factors, including work organization and work practices. It ends with a proposal of a dynamic integrative theory of educator stress, which highlights the changing nature of educator stress with time and context. Part III starts with the definition of what constitute healthy school organizations as a backdrop to the following chapters which review the application of occupational health psychology theories and intervention approaches to reducing educator stress, promoting teacher resources and developing healthy school systems. Chapters include interventions at the individual, individual-organizational interface and organizational levels. Part III ends with a chapter addressing cyber-bullying, a new challenge affecting schools and teachers. Part IV discusses the implications for research, practice and policy in education, including teacher training and development. In addition, it presents a review of methodological issues facing researchers on educator stress and identifies future trends for research on this topic, including the use of ecological momentary assessment in educator stress research. The editors’ concluding comments reflect upon the application of an occupational health perspective to advance research, practice and policy directed at reducing stress in educators, and promoting teacher and school well-being.


Healthy Schools Occupational Health Teacher Effectiveness Teacher Retention Teacher Stress and Burnout Teacher Turnover

Editors and affiliations

  • Teresa Mendonça McIntyre
    • 1
  • Scott E. McIntyre
    • 2
  • David J. Francis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, College of Education and Behavioral SciencesHouston Baptist University HoustonUSA
  2. 2.College of Human Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of Houston-Clear LakeHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and StatisticsUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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