Title

Teacher Wellness: Implications For School Leaders

Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Thelma J. Roberson

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to obtain information on teachers' perception of wellness using the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle (WEL-S). The study investigated teacher wellness scores based on ethnicity, age, and attendance rates. It also compared wellness scores from this current study with archival normative data. The study sample consisted of 150 certificated teachers at 10 schools within a single school district in a southeastern state. The WEL-S consisted of five Life Tasks: Spirituality, Self-regulation, Work and Leisure, Friendship, and Love. Within these Life Tasks, 17 subtasks were analyzed to determine an overall wellness score for participants. The wellness scores were then analyzed to determine the effect of ethnicity on teachers' wellness scores, the relationship between teacher wellness scores and teacher age, and if teacher wellness played a role in teacher absenteeism from work. Finally, these scores were compared with scores of subjects in archival normative data. In all areas except ethnicity, it was determined that there was no significant difference between wellness scores of subjects. The overall findings of this study indicated that within the area of ethnicity, African Americans had higher mean scores for Spirituality, Hispanics had higher mean scores for Self-regulation, and Asians had higher mean scores for Work and Leisure, Friendship, and Love.