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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200

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MARAIS-OPPERMAN, Vasti; ROTHMANN, Sebastiaan (Ian)  and  VAN EEDEN, Chrizanne. Stress, flourishing and intention to leave of teachers: Does coping type matter?. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2071-0763.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v47i0.1834.

ORIENTATION: Teachers face a demanding work environment which might cause stress. Depending on teachers' coping profile, distress might indirectly affect teachers' intentions to resign from their jobs via their flourishingRESEARCH PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the associations between teachers' perceived stress, flourishing at work, intention to leave their jobs and coping typesMOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The effect of stress on flourishing at work has not been studied in relation to teachers' intentions to leave. Furthermore, no person-centred studies on coping of teachers in relation to their well-being and retention were found.RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A sample of teachers (n = 209) participated in a cross-sectional study. The Perceived Stress Scale, Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (COPE) Inventory, Flourishing-at-Work Scale - Short Form and Intention to Leave Scale were administered. Latent variable modelling was used to analyse the data.MAIN FINDINGS: Flourishing at work was positively associated with perceived positive stress and low perceived distress. Perceived distress impacted teachers' intentions to leave directly and indirectly (via low flourishing). Perceived positive stress indirectly and negatively impacted teachers' intentions to leave via flourishing. Person-centred analyses identified three types of copers that were associated with perceived positive stress and distressPRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: It is essential to focus on teachers' stress, coping type and flourishing to promote their retention.CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study provided insights regarding the associations between teachers' perceived stress, flourishing at work and intention to leave their jobs. Moreover, it showed that coping types are associated with the perceived stress of teachers.

Keywords : well-being; mental health; coping; stress; intention to leave; teachers.

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