Impact of the covid-19 pandemic on teacher quality of life: A longitudinal study from before and during the health crisis

PABLO JOSE LIZANA ARCE, Gustavo Vega-Fernadez, Alejandro Gomez-Bruton, Bárbara Leyton, Lydia Lera

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Abstract

Background: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers were already reporting a low quality of life (QoL) perception, with a significant impact on mental and physical health due to various stress factors associated with work overload. The objective of this study was to evaluate the QoL impact on Chilean teachers before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis was performed following a longitudinal design on a sample of 63 Chilean teachers in pre-pandemic and COVID-19 pandemic timeframes. QoL perception, along with teachers’ sociodemographic data, was evaluated via the Short-Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) questionnaire. Sociodemographic variables presented no significant variations in pre-pandemic and pandemic comparisons. QoL, however, showed a significant decrease during the pandemic compared to the pre-pandemic measurement (p < 0.01). In each gender, there were significant differences between pre-pandemic and pandemic timeframes, with a greater impact among women in the mental and physical component summary variables and seven of the eight QoL scales (p < 0.01). Between age categories, people under 45 presented significant differences (p < 0.05) between pre-pandemic and pandemic timeframes in all summary dimensions and measurements. In conclusion, Chilean teachers’ QoL perception has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings could be related to work overload due to teleworking or feelings of uncertainty, loneliness, and fear that the pandemic and its associated confinements will worsen.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3764
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Mental health
  • Pandemic
  • Quality of life
  • School teachers

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