Social comparisons: Effects of teaching experience on adjustment and emotions in new teachers

Sonia RAHIMI, Hui WANG, Nathan C. HALL

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the moderating role that experience played on the relationship between downward, horizontal, and upward social comparisons and burnout, job satisfaction, intentions to quit, emotions, and illness symptoms. A sample of 513 teachers completed online questionnaires that assessed all variables. The results showed significant interactions between upward comparisons and experience, on teachers’ job satisfaction, enjoyment, and intentions to quit. More specifically, new teachers who engaged in upward social comparisons were found to have high levels of job satisfaction, high levels of enjoyment, and low intentions to quit. Overall, the present findings illustrate the importance of evaluating the psychological benefits of upward comparisons for new teachers. Copyright © 2017 AERA.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

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Rahimi, S., Wang, H., & Hall, N. C. (2017, April). Social comparisons: Effects of teaching experience on adjustment and emotions in new teachers. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association 2017 (AERA 2017), Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.