Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Can Teachers' Mental Health Be Improved?

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a manual-based psychological group program to improve teacher's mental health. Participation in the intervention resulted in a significant improvement in the General Health Questionnaire score. With respect to the Symptoms Check List-27, the values of the GSI (Global Severity Index) and of 3 subscales (those for depressive, dysthymic and mistrust symptoms), compared with the control group, improved significantly upon participation in the group program. Although these findings suggest a protective effect of such a short manual-based psychological intervention program on teachers' health, some considerations (such as drop-out rate) must be taken into account.

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