Journal article

Associations between Australian early childhood educators' mental health and working conditions: A cross-sectional study

Lara Corr, Kay Cook, Anthony D LaMontagne, Elizabeth Waters, Elise Davis

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and care quality relies on educator capacity; however, working conditions may compromise educators’ mental health. This study examines associations between family day care (FDC) educators’ mental health and working conditions to inform workplace mental health promotion. Three hundred and sixty-six FDC educators completed an online or written survey. In addition to this, regression analyses were used to examine relationships between educator mental health and working conditions. Although many FDC educators had low psychological distress and moderate mental wellbeing, 41.7 per cent reported psychological distress. Most educators’ ‘efforts’ and ‘rewards’ were unbalance..

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