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Title: Feasibility and potentials of online support for stress management among secondary school teachers
Authors: Leung, SSK
Chiang, VCL 
Chui, YY
Lee, ACK
Mak, YW 
Keywords: Online support
Online communication
Work-related stress
Stress management
Secondary school teachers
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Source: Stress and health, 2011, v. 27, no. 3, p. e282-e286 How to cite?
Journal: Stress and health 
Abstract: Teachers' work-related stress is a widespread problem. Few studies have used online communications to provide support to teachers, and these were mainly focused on novice teachers. Here, we performed an exploratory study to examine whether the use of online forums by secondary school teachers in Hong Kong could provide social support to manage work-related stress. Following 7 days of forum use, content analysis and post-intervention evaluations were carried out to examine the anonymous communications of 75 secondary school teachers who participated in one of five online discussion forums. Consensus on the coding and categorization of the data was reached among three experienced researchers in qualitative analyses. The online forums were well received by the participants. Most participants reported that they received support from the forum and considered it useful for stress management. These results suggest that online support can be used for stress management among secondary school teachers. Further studies on using online approaches as stress management tools are warranted.
ISSN: 1532-3005
EISSN: 1532-2998
DOI: 10.1002/smi.1347
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