Teachers’ Social-Emotional Health and Resilience in Covid-19 Crisis: Latvian Sample

Guna Svence, Ilze Briška

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Research on social-emotional health and resilience of Latvian teachers was conducted as part of the ERASMUS+ project “Supporting teachers to face the challenge of distance teaching”. The aim of this study is to assess teachers’ social-emotional health and resilience to reveal those areas which require significant support and development in the Covid-19 pandemic situation. In the article, the concepts used in the project – social-emotional health, resilience, covitality will be theoretically analysed to substantiate the structure of the empirical study. Teachers’ mental health was tested using Social-emotional Health Survey– Teachers SEHS-T (Furlong et al., 2017; Furlong et al., 2014; Furlong & Gajdošová, 2018, as mentioned in Lapiņa, 2021) and Resilience Scale RS 25 (Wagnild & Young, 1993; Wagnild, 2009; Wagnild, 2016) with supplementary questions. 636 teachers of general and vocational schools took part in the research. The results identified that positive teachers’ strengths are self-regulation, empathy, and cognitive reappraisal. However, the teachers demonstrated limits in resilience as such, and in some scores of SEHS-T, as in covitality domain Belief in Others, especially in institutional and colleagues’ support, and in Engaged Living – gratitude and zest. The identified weaknesses and limits will be used as a foundation for preparing further intervention activities – a digital psychological support programme for strengthening the teachers’ resilience and mental health in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2022
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of scientific papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2022 : rakstu krājums
EditorsLinda Daniela
Place of PublicationRīga
PublisherLatvijas Universitāte
ISBN (Electronic)978-9934-18-911-1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia - University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Duration: 11 Feb 202226 Apr 2022
Conference number: 80


Conference80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia
OtherLatvijas Universitātes 80. Starptautiskā zinātniskā konference

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  • Social-emotional health
  • strengths
  • limitations
  • teachers
  • resilience

Field of Science*

  • 5.1 Psychology

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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