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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2024, vol. 30, issue1
Subject Area: Public Health
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DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2024301.5301
Published online: 12 January 2024

Original article
J of IMAB. 2024 Jan-Mar;30(1):5301-5307
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION STAFF IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Tsvetelina TarpomanovaORCID logo, Veselina SlavovaORCID logoCorresponding Autoremail,
Medical College, Medical University – Varna, Bulgaria.

ABSTRACT:
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the mental health of higher education staff.  
Purpose: The aim of this study is to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of higher education staff.
Materials and methods: The survey subjects were 165 university teachers of the Medical University in Varna. The following tools were used: a questionnaire to explore some aspects of the respondent's quality of life before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, HADS and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Descriptive statistical methods, a t-test, correlation analysis, χ2 test and a multiple linear regression model were applied. SPSS version v.24.0 was used to process the survey data.
The survey took place between October and December 2022.  
Results: The mean value on the anxiety scale was 5.61, SD = 4.027 and 3.62, SD = 3.39 on the depression scale. The mean score on the emotional exhaustion scale (ЕЕ) was 27.67. The mean in the depersonalization scale was 9.10, SD = 5.494. The personal accomplishment mean value was 44.78, SD = 8.006. The results from HADS depression and HADS anxiety showed a statistical significance for predicting the scores on the EE scale (β = 1.158, p = 0.0001 and β = 0.573, p = 0.021). The levels of stress before and during the pandemic had a statistically significant weak correlation with the EE scale.  
Conclusions: activities for general and selective prevention of occupational stress and burnout, based on stress-coping strategies, can be introduced in higher education.

Keywords: COVID-19, mental health, university teachers and non-academic university staff,

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Please cite this article as: Tarpomanova T, Slavova V. Mental health support for higher education staff in times of crisis. J of IMAB. 2024 Jan-Mar;30(1):5301-5307. [Crossref - 10.5272/jimab.2024301.5301]

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Veselina Slavova, Medical College, Medical University – Varna; 84, Tzar Osvoboditel Str.. 9000, Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail: veselina_slavova@abv.bg

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Received: 18 August 2023
Published online: 12 January 2024

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