Patience E Obiweluozo, Ibiwari C Dike, Francisca N Ogba, Chinyere O Elom, Florence O Orabueze, Stella Okoye-Ugwu, Casmir KC Ani, Augustine O Onu, Victor Ukaogo, Loveline N Obayi, Sunday E Abonyi, Janefrancis Onu, Zippora O Omenma, Ifeanyichukwu D Okoro, Angela Eze, Ntasiobi CN Igu, Liziana N Onuigbo, Elsie C Umeano, Charity N Onyishi

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Nov 16, 2021
Science Progress
DOI :
10.1177/00368504211050278
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Science Progress, Volume 104, Issue 4, October 2021.
Background /
Objective : Neuro developmental disorders impose a wide range of learning barriers on learners, increasing stress among their teachers. Evidence attests to the heightened stress among teachers teaching children with such conditions. This study tested the efficacy of blended Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in reducing job stress among teachers of children with neuro developmental disorders in Abia State, Nigeria.
Method : The current study adopted a group randomized waitlist control trial design with pretest, post test, and follow up assessments.
Participants (N = 83) included teachers of children with neuro developmental disorders in inclusive and specialized schools. The blended Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy group participated in a 2 h intersession face to face and online Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) program weekly for 12 weeks. Data were collected using the Single Item Stress Questionnaire, Teachers’ Stress Inventory, and
Participants ’ Satisfaction questionnaire. The waitlisted group also received a blended Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy intervention after all data collection. Data collected at baseline; post test as well as follow up 1 and 2 evaluations were analyzed using mean, standard deviation, t test statistics, repeated measures analysis of variance, and charts.
Result :
Result revealed that the mean perceived stress, stress symptoms, and the total teachers’ stress score of the blended Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy group at post test and follow up assessments reduced significantly, compared to the waitlisted group.
Participants also reported a high level of satisfaction with the therapy and procedures.
Conclusion : From the findings of this study, we conclude that blended Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy is efficacious in occupational stress management among teachers of children with neuro developmental disorders.

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