Birkenhead Sixth Form College
Teachers experience high levels of psychological distress often resulting in stress-related absenses, early retirement, leaving the profession early, depression and other serious consequences.
Mindfulness based approaches are rapidly gaining recognition as a method for reducing stress within a variety of workplace settings. However, in the UK mindfulness for teachers is a relatively new concept with little research around this specific area of interest. As a consequence, I was approached by a teacher at the college to train a group of peers for his masters research study at Liverpool John Moores University.
The research study aims to address whether teachers randomised to mindfulness training show greater reductions in three related negative emotional states of stress; depression and anxiety, immediately post intervention as well as 3-month after the intervention. The study also aims to address whether teachers randomised to mindfulness training show greater improvements in overall mindfulness, immediately post intervention as well as 3-months after the intervention.
In addition, pre, mid and post data was collected with the aims to address the role of attention in relation to emotional regulation.
Data from this study is currently being analysed and will be published in due course.