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Title: Does Empathy Predict Instructional Assignment- Related Stress? A Study in Special and General Education Teachers
Authors: Platsidou, Maria
Agaliotis, Ioannis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences
Keywords: Empathy
general education
instructional assignmentrelated stress
Interpersonal Reactivity Index
inventory of job-related stress factors
perspective taking
special education
Issue Date: 2017
Source: International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Volume: 64
Issue: 1
First Page: 57
Last Page: 75
Abstract: The role of empathy in the teaching profession has been vastly investigated in relation to its effect on students, but research on how teachers’ empathy affects their own well-being at work is limited. This study investigated empathy and instructional assignmentrelated stress factors of primary school teachers serving in general or special education; moreover, it investigated if empathy predicted instructional assignment-related stress. Data were collected from 190 primary school teachers using the Interpersonal Reactivity Index and the Inventory of Job-related Stress Factors. Teachers reported moderately high levels of perspective-taking and empathic concern and lower levels of fantasising and personal distress. Also, they reported moderate to low levels of stress regarding instructional assignment-related factors. General and special education teachers did not differ in their reported scores on empathy or stress-related factors. Finally, it was found that instructional assignment-related stress factors can be predicted by personal distress and fantasising; however, the core empathy skills (empathic concern and perspective taking) were not found to be strong predictors of the stress factors tested.
ISSN: ISSN: 1034-912X
Other Identifiers: DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1174191
Appears in Collections:Department of Educational & Social Policy

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