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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Debi Brannan

Abstract

The first years of work for new teachers can be particularly difficult; this is especially true for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers (Brannan & Bleistein, 2012; Warford & Reeves, 2003). This study was designed to explore potential issues within this important group and specifically examined the relationship between loneliness and stress for novice ESOL teachers. Forty-seven novice ESOL teachers completed self-report measures assessing their levels of perceived stress and loneliness. The results revealed that loneliness significantly predicted perceived stress (β = .51, p < .001.). Furthermore, exploratory analyses indicated that marital status influenced loneliness ratings but not stress levels. These findings indicate that for novice teachers that often teach abroad, feelings of loneliness are an important issue to consider.

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