"Mindfulness Training and Reductions in Teacher Stress and Burnout: Results From Two Randomized, Waitlist-Control Field Trials"
Teaching educators mindfulness may help them cope with classroom-related stress, finds a study in the August Journal of Educational Psychology.
Researchers led by Robert W. Roeser, a psychologist at Portland State University in Oregon tracked the stress levels of 113 K-12 teachers in the United States and Canada, 54 of whom attended eight weeks of training in guided yoga, group discussions of mindfulness, and practice in real-life scenarios.
While there were no differences between the participating and control groups in biological-stress indicators, 87 percent of teachers who participated in the mindfulness training reported lower levels of teaching stress and burnout as well as fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Vol. 33, Issue 03, Page 5Published in Print: September 11, 2013, as Teaching