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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


SERRANO, Miguel A.; MOYA-ALBIOL, Luís  and  SALVADOR, Alicia. Psychobiological responses at the beginning and the end of an academic year in teachers. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.29, n.2, pp.590-597. ISSN 1695-2294.

Evidence shows that work stress increases risk of cardiovascular disease. Emotional, cardiovascular and endocrine responses are affected by day-to-day experience. Perceived stress, negative mood, heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) increase in working periods. Cortisol (C) response is not so clear, there being contradictory results. The main purpose is to study stress markers in two working days in teachers. Moreover, we evaluate the role of gender in stress markers in 49 school teachers. Perceived stress, mood, BP, HR, and C were measured at the beginning and at the end of an academic year. Results show that psychological and heart rate responses to a working day were different at the end of the year, increasing, especially in men. BP and C responses descended at the end of the year. In conclusion, an academic year could affect negatively to the emotional state and heart rate of teachers.

Keywords : Work stress; cardiovascular response; cortisol; mood; teachers; Estrés Laboral; respuesta cardiovascular; cortisol; estado de ánimo; profesores.

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