Feasibility and potentials of online support for stress management among secondary school teachers

Sharron S K LEUNG*, Vico C.L. Chiang, Ying Yu Chui, Angel C K LEE, Yim Wah Mak

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Abstract

Teachers' work-related stress is a widespread problem. Few studies have used online communications to provide support to teachers, and these were mainly focused on novice teachers. Here, we performed an exploratory study to examine whether the use of online forums by secondary school teachers in Hong Kong could provide social support to manage work-related stress. Following 7 days of forum use, content analysis and post-intervention evaluations were carried out to examine the anonymous communications of 75 secondary school teachers who participated in one of five online discussion forums. Consensus on the coding and categorization of the data was reached among three experienced researchers in qualitative analyses. The online forums were well received by the participants. Most participants reported that they received support from the forum and considered it useful for stress management. These results suggest that online support can be used for stress management among secondary school teachers. Further studies on using online approaches as stress management tools are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e282-e286
JournalStress and Health
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

User-Defined Keywords

  • online communication
  • online support
  • secondary school teachers
  • stress management
  • work-related stress

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