Teachers' mental health and perceptions of school climate across the transition from training to teaching

Leigh McLean, Tashia Abry, Michelle Taylor, Manuela Jimenez Herrera, Kristen Granger

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This study examined the trajectories of depressive and anxious symptoms among early-career teachers (N = 133) as they transitioned from their training programs into their first year of teaching. In addition, perceived school climate was explored as a moderator of these trajectories. Multilevel linear growth modeling revealed that depressive and anxious symptoms increased across the transition, and negative perceived school climate was related to more drastically increasing symptoms. Results suggest that this career stage may be a time when teachers are particularly vulnerable to declines in mental health, and speak to some within-school features that may be related to teachers’ experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-240
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017



  • Early-career teachers
  • Mental health
  • School climate
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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