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A pedagógusi szakma mentálhigiénés aspektusai: a pedagógusok lelki egészsége
The Mental Health Aspects of Teaching

Author(s): Péter Farkas
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: VERBUM Keresztény Kulturális Egyesület
Keywords: mental health; burnout; special effects of teachers work; teachers problems

Summary/Abstract: For the challenges of the 21st century not only students should be prepared by their education, but also teachers need to be provided with conditions in which their professional development and mental health can be assured. Awareness of the importance of mental health will be beneficial not only for teachers themselves, but also for their pupils. Teachers’ mental health should be supported by schools by creating the proper conditions on both the individual and institutional levels. Emotional overwork or intentions to help are some of the main features of jobs related to human sector and teaching work also shows these characteristics. Besides these, teaching has certain difficulties peculiar to itself, such as serving the needs of different interest groups, prolonged periods of solitary work, lack of professional contact within the organisation, and the difficulties in the evaluation of efficiency. All these factors can lead to stress or burnout. Burnout is the state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, and it can result in the deterioration of the quality of the teacher’s work or even in their leaving the profession. The threat of falling into such a state can be reduced by building up a teacher-support network, by offering flexible working hours and by providing information. The frames of this support strategy should be established by organisations in charge of education.

  • Issue Year: XXII/2011
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 28-32
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Hungarian