Examination of factors associated with the mental health status of principals

Carolyn S Dewa, Stanley W. Dermer, Nancy Chau, Scott Lowrey, Susan Mawson, Judith Bell

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The rise in globalization, new technologies and changes in workforce demographics have created new work environments. As a result, countries around the world are seeking to restructure their educational systems to better prepare future generations for the challenges that they will face in this new labour market. These trends have also introduced new and increased demands on the educational sector and especially school principals who are responsible for the quality of education in schools. This study examines the association between mental health status and self-reported working conditions of principals. Our findings highlight potential mental health problems among principals. The results provide evidence that their satisifaction with their work characteristics are associated with their mental health status. They also indicate areas in which school boards may be well positioned to address some of the potential organizational difficulties encountered by this group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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