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Social Emotional Health and Psychological Resilience in the Sample of Lithuanian School Teachers

Ala Petrulytė
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

. Teacher’s job is considered to be not attractive as it contains emotional strain and stress and schools in Lithuania face a shortage of teachers (TALIS, 2018; Merkys & Balčiūnas, 2019). Research on the social emotional health and resilience of teachers is important, especially in the face of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Research on social emotional health and resilience of Lithuanian teachers was conducted as part of the ERASMUS+ project ‘Supporting teachers to face the challenge of distance teaching’ (2020-1-LV01-KA226-SCH-094599).
Methodology. The aim of this research was to assess the social emotional health and resilience of secondary school teachers in post-pandemic times. 400 respondents from Lithuania participated in the research. The results are based on data from the ‘Social and emotional health survey for teachers’ (SEHS-T) (Furlong.& Gajdasova, 2019) and the ‘Resilience scale’ (RS14) (Wagnild & Young, 1993; Wagnild, 2016).
Results. Teachers reported a sufficiently high level of overall indicator of Social and Emotional Health (SEHS-T) as well as its domains: Belief-in-Self, Emotional Competence, Engaged Living. The level of teacher Resilience reached a moderate level. Significantly high positive correlations were established between teacher resilience and the overall social emotional index (rs = .585, = .000), as well as between the resilience and social emotional domains: Engaged Living (rs = .560*, = .000), Emotional Competence (rs = .448*, = .000) and Belief-in-Self (rs = .515**, = .000). The research did not find statistically significant differences by age, sex, or work experience.
Conclusions. The teachers demonstrated a rather high level of social emotional health, a moderate level of resilience, and weak Belief-in-Others. It is recommended that teachers’ resilience is strengthened through interventional activities such as stress coping strategies, emotional awareness, and peer support skills training during the Covid-19 pandemic times.

Keywords: social-emotional health, belief-in-self, belief-in-others, emotional competence, engaged living, resilience, teachers, Lithuania sample

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2022. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2022. 1135 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-18-911-1