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Psychosocial Risks and Violence Against Teachers. Is It Possible to Promote Well-Being at Work?

Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, via San Francesco 22, 37129 Verona, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4439; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16224439
Received: 10 October 2019 / Revised: 2 November 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 12 November 2019
Teaching has been reported to be one of the most stressful occupations, with heavy psychological demands, including the need to develop positive relationships with students and their parents; relationships that, in turn, play a significant role in teachers’ well-being. It follows that the impact of any violence perpetrated by a student or parent against a teacher is particularly significant and represents a major occupational health concern. The present study examines for the first time the influence of the Job Demands-Control-Support Model on violence directed against teachers. Six hundred and eighty-six teachers working in elementary and high schools in north-east Italy completed an online, self-report questionnaire. Our findings reveal the role played by working conditions in determining teachers’ experience of violence: greater job demands are associated with most offense types, whereas the availability of diffused social support at school is associated with lower rates of harassment. Workload should be equally distributed and kept under control, and violence should gain its place in the shared daily monitoring of practices and experiences at school in order to provide a socially supportive work environment for all teachers. View Full-Text
Keywords: violence against teachers; teachers’ well-being; social support; job demand; job control violence against teachers; teachers’ well-being; social support; job demand; job control
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Berlanda, S.; Fraizzoli, M.; de Cordova, F.; Pedrazza, M. Psychosocial Risks and Violence Against Teachers. Is It Possible to Promote Well-Being at Work? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4439. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16224439

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Berlanda S, Fraizzoli M, de Cordova F, Pedrazza M. Psychosocial Risks and Violence Against Teachers. Is It Possible to Promote Well-Being at Work? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(22):4439. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16224439

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Berlanda, Sabrina; Fraizzoli, Marta; de Cordova, Federica; Pedrazza, Monica. 2019. "Psychosocial Risks and Violence Against Teachers. Is It Possible to Promote Well-Being at Work?" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 22: 4439. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16224439

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