International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 10 Num. 1 - March 2010


Exploring Stress, Burnout, and Job Dissatisfaction in Secondary School Teachers

Volume 10 Num. 1 - March 2010 - Pages 107-123


Jos? Manuel Otero L?pez , Cristina Castro Bola?o , Mar?a Jos? Santiago Mari?o , Est?baliz Villardefrancos Pol


The aim of this study is to identify, from an integrative approach, the main predictors of different manifestations of occupational malaise (stress, burnout and job dissatisfaction). The sample consists of 1,386 teachers from compulsory secondary education. The results from statistical analysis conducted (correlation and regression) strongly support the existence
of (personal, psychosocial and contextual) determining factors common to all three phenomena. Specifically, support by colleagues, optimism, hardiness, daily hassles and life events are valid predictors of stress, burnout and job dissatisfaction in secondary school teachers. Other variables (a type A behavioral pattern, family support, conscientiousness) also show that account for the specificity of each of the phenomena. Finally, the implications
of the findings are discussed and possible courses of action are suggested at the preventive/intervention level.

Key words:

occupational stress, burnout, job dissatisfaction, secondary education teachers, personal, psychosocial and contextual variables

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