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Workforce well-being: Personal and workplace contributions to early educators' depression across settings

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Roberts, Amy M.; Gallagher, Kathleen Cranley; Daro, Alexandra M.; Iruka, Iheoma U.; Sarver, Susan L.;
Date Issued: March/April 2019
Description: Building on research demonstrating the importance of teachers' well-being, this study examined personal and contextual factors related to early childhood educators' (n =1640) depressive symptoms across licensed child care homes, centers, and schools. Aspects of teachers' beliefs, economic status, and work-related stress were explored, and components of each emerged as significant in an OLS regression. After controlling for demographics and setting, teachers with more adult-centered beliefs, lower wages, multiple jobs, no health insurance, more workplace demands, and fewer work-related resources, had more depressive symptoms. Adult-centered beliefs were more closely associated with depression for teachers working in home-based settings compared to center-based settings. These findings provide preliminary evidence about what relates to depression in the early childhood workforce, which has implications for supporting well-being across settings. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): Holland Foundation
Journal Title: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Volume Number: 61
Issue Number:
Page Range: 4-12
Topics: Child Care & Early Education Providers/Organizations > Provider Type/Setting

Child Care & Early Education Provider Workforce
Country: United States
ISSN: 0193-3973 Paper
1873-7900 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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