Post-traumatic stress disorder in Chinese teachers during COVID-19 pandemic: roles of fear of COVID-19, nomophobia, and psychological distress

Kukreti, S., Ahorsu, D.K., Strong, C., Chen, I.-H., Lin, C.-Y., Ko, N.-Y., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Chen, Y.-P., Kuo, Y.-J. and Pakpour, A.H., 2021. Post-traumatic stress disorder in Chinese teachers during COVID-19 pandemic: roles of fear of COVID-19, nomophobia, and psychological distress. Healthcare, 9 (10): 1288. ISSN 2227-9032

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Abstract

There are limited data concerning the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among teachers. Therefore, the present study estimated the prevalence of PTSD among mainland Chinese teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic and to construct a model with mediation and moderation effects to explain the PTSD. Data collection was conducted in schools in the Jiangxi province between October and November 2020 among k-12 schoolteachers. An online survey, including five different psychometric scales, was used to collect data. All participants were assessed for PTSD using the Chinese version of the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5). Hayes’ PROCESS Model 8 was used to examine the potential factors explaining a higher PTSD scores. A total of 2603 teachers from k-12 schools participated. With the cutoff score at 31, the prevalence of PTSD was 12.3% but decreased to 1.0% when the cutoff score was at 49. Nomophobia moderated the effects of Fear of COVID-19 Scale on PTSD. The findings suggest that fear of COVID-19 among teachers leads to PTSD via psychological distress, highlighting the moderating effect of nomophobia in this association. Based on the study’s findings, psychological interventions and educational training are needed to reduce fear among teachers at higher risk of developing PTSD.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Healthcare
Creators: Kukreti, S., Ahorsu, D.K., Strong, C., Chen, I.-H., Lin, C.-Y., Ko, N.-Y., Griffiths, M.D., Chen, Y.-P., Kuo, Y.-J. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 28 September 2021
Volume: 9
Number: 10
ISSN: 2227-9032
Identifiers:
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10.3390/healthcare9101288DOI
1475601Other
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 06 Oct 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 11:09
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44320

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