Article Title: Empowerment and Mental Health of University Teachers: A Case from Pakistan

Author(s): Fakhra Aziz & Uzma Quraishi

Institute(s): Department of Education Lahore College for Women University, Lahore

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2017, Vol. 15, No.2, 23-28

Correspondence Address: Fakhra Aziz, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Lahore College for Women’s University (Pakistan), Email: fakhraaziz2@gmail.com

Abstract

The present descriptive study investigates the relationship between university teachers ’empowerment and their mental health in Pakistan. The research is quantitative in nature. Survey method was applied by using a questionnaire having two subscales for data collection. The study targets the faculty members of 26 public and private universities in Lahore. Simple descriptive statistics, t-test for independent sample, and Pearson correlations were used for data analysis. The results indicate a significant association and direct correlation between both variables. It is seen that low empowerment affects the mental health of university teachers. They feel depress, restless, low confidence and a decline in their sense of well-being. It has also been revealed that the mental health of teachers in private sector is affected more adversely in comparison with the public sector teachers as a consequence of lack of empowerment. It is inferred that quality education depends on intellectual interactions between teachers and students. These learning communities are possible only when teachers are fully empowered which leads to their good mental health necessary for the purpose of learning.

Key-words: teachers’ empowerment, mental health, university teachers

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