What is it about?

The transition from university to the teaching profession can be stressfull. We asked 776 trainee teachers to respond to three questionnaires with a time lag of 10 weeks during the first 5 months of their occupational experience. We disinguished groups along different patterns of changes in mental and physical health during the study period. Respondents rated the leadership style of their supervisors, and we found evidence that health-orientied leadership is related to psychological capital (hope, self-efficacy, resilience, optimism) and in turn can predict more favourable trajectories of mental and physical health during a stressfull time.

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Why is it important?

Training supervisors in health-oriented leadership can help trainee teachers cope with stressors during their training. As teachers are known to face high demands, and are an occupational group with high risks to develop symptoms of burnout, interventions early in the career are important to promote health and well-being of teachers.

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This page is a summary of: Is it Getting Better or Worse? Health‐Oriented Leadership and Psychological Capital as Resources for Sustained Health in Newcomers, Applied Psychology, March 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/apps.12248.
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