The role of stress management in the relationship between purpose in life and self-rated health in teachers: A mediation analysis

Fei Li, Jieyu Chen, Lin Yu, Yuan Jing, Pingping Jiang, Xiuqiong FU, Shengwei Wu, Xiaomin Sun, Ren Luo, Hiu Yee KWAN*, Xiaoshan Zhao, Yanyan Liu

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Abstract

Background: To examine whether stress management mediates the relationship between purpose in life and self-rated health status (SRH). Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 6840 teachers in 2013 in Guangzhou, China. Purpose in life was assessed through the Purpose in Life Subscale of the Psychological Well-being Scale. Stress management was assessed using the eight-item questionnaire adapted from the Health-promoting Lifestyle Profile II. SRH was assessed by the Suboptimal Health Measurement Scale Version 1.0. The mediation hypothesis was tested by the structural equation model for path analysis. Results: It was found that purpose in life had direct and indirect effects on SRH. The path analysis showed the total effect (β = 0.563) of purpose in life on SRH was comprised of a direct effect (β = 0.319) and an indirect effect (β = 0.244), which was mediated by stress management. Conclusions: By supporting the mediation hypothesis, our results indicate that stress management mediated the effect of purpose in life on SRH. Enhancement of teachers’ purpose in life and improvement of training skills of stress management should be incorporated in the strategy of improving teachers’ health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number719
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Purpose in life
  • Self-rated health
  • Stress management

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