Teacher stress and coping strategies - The struggle to stay in control

  • Einar Melgren Skaalvik
  • Sidsel Skaalvik
Publisert i
Creative Education
ISSN 2151-4755 e-ISSN 2151-4771

This qualitative interview study explored primary and middle school teachers’ perceptions of job demands, how they responded to the demands, and which strategies they used to cope with the demands. The participating teachers reported multiple demands, resulting in high levels of stress and emotional exhaustion. Several of the demands could be traced back to structural and organizational conditions at the schools. The analyses also showed that the teachers used five main strategies to cope with the demands: hard working strategies, recovering strategies, reducing the workload strategies, job crafting strategies, and help seeking strategies.