Mental health status of teachers during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: A web-based study in Bangladesh

Hossain, Md. Tanvir and Islam, Md. Akhtarul and Jahan, Nusrat and Nahar, Mst. Tanmin and Sarker, Md. Juwel Ahmed and Rahman, Md. Mostafizur and Deeba, Farah and Hoque, Kazi Enamul and Aktar, Rina and Islam, Md. Mazharul and Hossain, Mohammed Zaber and Siddiqua, Laila and Mahbub, Zisan and Islam, Md. Nazrul (2022) Mental health status of teachers during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: A web-based study in Bangladesh. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13. ISSN 1664-0640, DOI

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BackgroundFollowing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Bangladesh implemented strict non-therapeutic measures, i.e., ``social distancing,'' ``lockdown,'' ``work from home,'' in the first quarter of 2020. Like other professionals, teachers at schools, colleges and universities were confined within households. However, the introduction of online education imposed an additional burden on teachers along with growing household responsibilities, thus, affecting their psychological state. AimsThis study was aimed to explore the prevalence of mental health problems among teachers in Bangladesh and to identify the associated risk factors. MethodsThis web-based cross-sectional study was conducted during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. Data were collected from 381 teachers working at schools, colleges, and universities between 01 August and 29 August 2021 by administering a self-reported e-questionnaire using Google Form, where the mental health of teachers was assessed by depression, anxiety, and stress scale. Data were analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics (Version 26) and STATA Version 16, and multiple linear regression was executed to predict mental health problems among teachers. ResultsThe findings indicate that the overall prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress among teachers was 35.4%, 43.7%, and 6.6%, respectively. The prevalence was higher among male and older teachers than among their female and younger colleagues. The findings further showed that place of residence, institution, self-reported health, usage of social and electronic media, and fear of COVID-19 significantly influenced the mental health status of teachers. ConclusionIt is strongly recommended that the government and policymakers provide proper mental health services to teachers in order to reduce mental health problems and thus sustain the quality of education during and after the pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Funders: High Impact Factor Journal Publication Grants (HIFJPG)" of Khulna University 01/2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Bangladesh; teacher; Depression; Anxiety; Stress; Prevalence; Mental health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2023 06:12
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023 03:33

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