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Title: Meaning in life and resilience among teachers
Authors: Platsidou, Maria
Daniilidou, Athena
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Psychology
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Educational sciences
Keywords: meaning in life
presence of meaning
search for meaning
Issue Date: Mar-2021
Source: Journal of Positive School Psychology
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
First Page: 97
Last Page: 109
Abstract: Meaning in life is a significant resource in the resilience process, supporting the use of adaptive behaviors and enhancing the feeling of wellbeing. As such, it could be critical for teachers who encounter many stressors threatening their life quality and work productivity. This study aimed to investigate how teachers' levels of meaning in life relate to their resilience. Data were collected from 299 teachers using the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (assessing presence of and search for meaning) and the Multidimensional Teacher Resilience Scale (assessing protective factors related to motivational and professional, social, and emotional resilience). As predicted, presence of meaning had medium-sized positive correlations with the resilience factors, whereas search for meaning had low correlations with social resilience and professional-motivational resilience and no correlation with emotional resilience. Using K-means cluster analysis, teachers were grouped into three clusters according to their scores in the two meaning dimensions. The cluster of teachers reporting both high presence of and high search for meaning showed the highest scores on the resilience factors, followed by the cluster including teachers with high presence and low search. In conclusion, our results emphasized the important role of presence of meaning in strengthening resilient responses; also, searching for meaning, when combined with a high sense of meaning, relates to better use of the resilience protective factors and resources. As to the study implications, a meaning-centered approach to building resilience in teachers is suggested and discussed.
ISSN: 2717-7564
Other Identifiers: 10.47602/jpsp.v5i2.259
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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