Teacher Stress, Anxiety and Depression at the beginning of the academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic

Teacher Stress, Anxiety and Depression at the beginning of the academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic

Faced with the situation of COVID-19, teachers are dealing with new measures, insecurity, and a lack of clear guidelines. The aim of this study is to analyse the levels of stress, anxiety and depression of teachers in the North of Spain.

Methods: This study was conducted with 1633 teachers from the Department of Education of the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) and Navarre, all of whom are professionals working in various educational centres, from nursery education to university studies, with an average age of 42 years (M= 42.02; SD= 10.40). The Spanish version of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale-21 was used.

Results: The results show that a high percentage of teachers have symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Women show significantly more symptoms of stress and anxiety than men, those who have children have more depressive symptoms than those who do not, and people with chronic pathology or those who live with others with chronic pathology have more stress, anxiety and depression.

Conclusions: This study indicates the importance of attending to the mental health of teachers, particularly women, those who have children, and those who have a chronic pathology or a family member with a chronic pathology.

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