Prevalence and Organisational Factors of Psychological Injury among Australian School Teachers

Adam Garrick, Peter C. Winwood, Anita S. Mak, Stuart Cathcart, Arnold B. Bakker, Kurt Lushington

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In this study, we investigated the prevalence, severity, and organisational factors of risk for psychological injury in a national sample of Australian school teachers, using the Psychological Injury Risk Indicator. We predicted that teachers would report higher levels of risk for psychological injury if working in schools located in rural areas, with a low socioeconomic index, and low psychosocial safety climate. Teachers from across Australia (N = 960) completed an online survey that measured risk for psychological injury and relevant organisational factors. We found a high number of teachers (26%) whose responses showed high risk, indicating the need for professional intervention in order to avoid potentially debilitating psychological injury. Analyses also showed main effects for two organisational factors, indicating that teachers most at risk for psychological injury tended to be employed by schools with low psychosocial safety climate and in areas with a low socioeconomic index. These results highlight the severe levels of work-related psychological injury risk in the Australian teacher population, and the important role for school administration and education departments in maintaining a working environment that supports staff psychologically.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00005
JournalAustralasian Journal of Organisational Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • psychological injury
  • psychosocial safety climate
  • teachers
  • work stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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