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Jul032014

5. Teachers benefit from mindfulness training

"Mindfulness for Teachers: A Pilot Study to Assess Effects on Stress, Burnout, and Teaching
Efficacy", by Lisa Flook, Simon B. Goldberg, Laura Pinger, Katherine Bonus and Richard J. Davidson

Summary of article

18 public elementary school teachers in the USA. participated in a randomized controlled pilot trial of a modified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course (mMBSR) adapted specifically for teachers.

The results of this pilot study suggest that a mindfulness intervention adapted for educators boosts aspects of teachers’ mindfulness and self-compassion, reduces psychological symptoms and burnout, increases effective teaching behavior, and reduces attentional biases

Findings from this pilot study also suggest that teachers who do not receive any intervention during the school year may be prone to increased physiological stress as reflected in lower morning cortisol levels and decreased sense of personal accomplishment. Lower morning cortisol, has been associated with both acute and chronic posttraumatic event distress

Implications of these findings for the training and support of teachers are discussed in the article.

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