Job pressure and ill-health in physical education teachers: The mediating role of psychological need thwarting
Kimberley Jane Bartholomew, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom ; Nikos Ntoumanis, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom ; Ricardo Cuevas, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain ; Chris Lonsdale, University of Western Sydney, Australia
TATE Volume 37, Number 1, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Drawing from self-determination theory, this study examined the interplay among PE teachers' (N = 364) self-reported perceptions of job pressure, psychological need thwarting, burnout, and somatic complaints. Structural equation modeling indicated that autonomy, competence, and relatedness need thwarting were predicted by teachers' perceptions of job pressure. In turn, the thwarting of each need was positively associated with burnout; the thwarting of the need for competence also predicted somatic complaints. Mediation analyses supported the explanatory role of need thwarting. The findings point to the understudied construct of need thwarting as a promising underlying mechanism for explaining negative health-related outcomes in teachers.
Bartholomew, K.J., Ntoumanis, N., Cuevas, R. & Lonsdale, C. (2014). Job pressure and ill-health in physical education teachers: The mediating role of psychological need thwarting. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 37(1), 101-107. Elsevier Ltd.