Teaching Profession

Study: Meditation Lowers Teacher Stress

By Anthony Rebora — March 29, 2012 1 min read

Still more on the potential benefits of meditation for schools: A new study out of University of California at San Francisco finds that regular meditation practice can improve teachers’ emotional well-being as well as help them become more aware of others’ feelings, according to PsychCentral.

The study, to be published next month in the journal Emotion, involved 82 female school teachers who underwent a customized 8-week meditation training program. The researchers chose teachers for the study because their work is seen as particularly stressful and fast-paced. In addition to reducing indicators of stress and depression, the training appears, as a bonus, to have improved the teachers’ interactions with their spouses or significant others.

No word yet on whether value-added ratings were improved. (Kidding. ...)

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.