Teachers Are More Likely to Experience Depression Symptoms Than Other Adults

Summary: This article presents the result of RAND Corporation research into job-related stress and depression experienced by teachers as a result of the recent coronavirus pandemic. This stress was compounded by the fact that 1 in 3 teachers had to care for their children while teaching. There was also disconcerting news that a large percentage of educators were considering leaving the field as a result of this increased stress in teaching.

Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, June 15, 2021

Description: Teachers are almost twice as likely to experience frequent job-related stress and nearly three times as likely to experience symptoms of depression than the general adult population, a new survey finds. These results—which are alarming but perhaps not surprising—were reported by RAND Corp. researchers, who fielded a nationally representative survey of teachers in late January and early February and then surveyed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults in early March. (The study was financially supported by the two national teachers’ unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.) The results highlight the toll from a school year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, in which many teachers say they’ve been pushed to the brink and are now considering leaving the profession.”

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