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What is Distress

Handbook of Research on Professional Development for Quality Teaching and Learning
An internal state of negative stress, which is unwelcome, uncomfortable, or exceeds the capacity of the individual experiencing it to cope.
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Stress Management to Enhance Teaching Quality and Teaching Effectiveness: A Professional Development Framework for Teachers
Elizabeth Hartney (Royal Roads University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0204-3.ch007
Teaching has been identified as one of the most stressful professions, with a high attrition rate resulting from teacher stress and burnout. This chapter addresses the problem of how to enhance teaching quality and effectiveness by providing teachers with professional development in stress management, specific to the stressors of teaching. Existing research has clearly identified the key stressors for teachers, and evidence-based stress management approaches have been shown to be effective in mitigating teacher stress and improving teaching quality. However, there is little evidence that such professional development approaches have become integrated into the teacher training or continuing professional development curricula for teachers. Consequently, the aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of how teaching quality can be improved with a professional development framework of targeted approaches in stress management, which are aligned with the needs of individual teachers and whole schools.
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Common Academic Stress Points and Mental Health Concerns Among Pre-Health and Health Science Students
The negative form of stress. This is the type of stress that the body views as a threat and reacts with a fight-flight-or-fright response. Too much stress, lasting for too long becomes chronic stress. This type of ongoing, unrelenting, dis-stress can have a significant, detrimental impact on our health and well-being, affecting the mind, body, and spirit (National Institutes of Health, n.d.; Russell & Lightman, 2019).
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Linking Organizational Stress and Burnout: The Evolution of Times
Represents bad stress resulting from a negative way of acting when faced with a stressful situation or emotion.
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