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Associations between Australian early childhood educators’ mental health and working conditions: A cross-sectional study

Corr, Lara, LaMontagne, Anthony D., Cook, Kay, Waters, Elizabeth and Davis, Elise 2015, Associations between Australian early childhood educators’ mental health and working conditions: A cross-sectional study, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 69-78.

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Title Associations between Australian early childhood educators’ mental health and working conditions: A cross-sectional study
Author(s) Corr, Lara
LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Cook, Kay
Waters, Elizabeth
Davis, Elise
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 40
Issue number 3
Start page 69
End page 78
Total pages 10
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Watson, ACT
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1836-9391
1839-5961
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
EFFORT-REWARD IMBALANCE
FAMILY DAY-CARE
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS
SCALE
SUPPORT
STRESS
POPULATION
DEPRESSION
PREVALENCE
PREDICTORS
Summary © 2015, Early Childhood Australia Inc. All rights reserved. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and care quality relies on educator capacity; however, working conditions may compromise educators’ mental health. This study examines associations between family day care (FDC) educators’ mental health and working conditions to inform workplace mental health promotion. Three hundred and sixty-six FDC educators completed an online or written survey. In addition to this, regression analyses were used to examine relationships between educator mental health and working conditions. Although many FDC educators had low psychological distress and moderate mental wellbeing, 41.7 per cent reported psychological distress. Most educators’ ‘efforts’ and ‘rewards’ were unbalanced (effort–reward imbalance [ERI] ratio) and showed high ‘overcommitment’ to work. Effort and overcommitment were significantly related to increased odds of psychological distress, whereas social support was associated with higher mental wellbeing. The ERI ratio had the strongest associations with educator psychological distress and mental wellbeing. As many working conditions associated with educator mental health are modifiable, this study highlights opportunities for workplace mental health promotion in FDC.
Language eng
Field of Research 1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079978

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