Teachers’ perceptions on quality of school leadership and psychological well-being: The mediating roles of work-related meaning in life and optimism in Hong Kong kindergarten teachers

Chih Nuo Grace CHAO, Alan Chi-Keung CHEUNG, Elaine LAU, Nga Man LEUNG

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Abstract

The present study is among the first that has investigated how teachers’ perceptions on quality of school leadership, work-related meaning in life, and optimism explained the psychological well-being of 509 kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong, China. Structural equation modelling showed that teachers who perceived better perceptions on quality of school leadership found more work-related meaning in life, and were higher in optimism, while work-related meaning in life positively explained optimism, only optimism mediated perceptions on quality of school leadership and psychological well-being. Findings implied the importance of the reciprocal relationship among perceptions on quality of school leadership, work-related meaning in life, and optimism. School management should pay attention to such relationships when designing school plans and teacher training programs to enhance teachers’ psychological well-being. Copyright © 2023 The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1268
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Volume18
Early online dateJan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Citation

Chao, C. N. G., Cheung, A. C.‑K., Lau, E., & Leung, A. N. M. (2023). Teachers’ perceptions on quality of school leadership and psychological well-being: The mediating roles of work-related meaning in life and optimism in Hong Kong kindergarten teachers. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 18, 1249-1268. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-022-10138-9

Keywords

  • Perceptions on quality of school leadership
  • Psychological well-being
  • Meaning in work optimism
  • Kindergarten teachers

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