International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 5 (2017), No. 1, Pages 13-44

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v5n1p13

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Examining the Factors Impacting Academics’ Psychological Well-Being: A Review of Research

Raheleh Salimzadeh1  Alenoush Saroyan1  Nathan C. Hall1 

1Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


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Existing research suggests that academics are subjected to high levels of job-related stress. Numerous aspects of an academic career such as time constraint, work overload, work-life conflict, and emotional demands are stressful and trigger negative emotional responses. There is further evidence to suggest that job-related stress compromises physical and psychological well-being, and impairs productivity among academics. The purpose of the present paper was to review the empirical research on how work-related stress and experiences impact academics’ psychological well-being. Accordingly, a thorough review of the literature was conducted and 46 studies attending to aspects of psychological well-being were identified and analyzed. The literature was found to be fragmented. The review concludes that job-related stress and specific types of experiences adversely impact academics’ psychological well-being by making them vulnerable to psychological distress, negative emotions, depression, and burnout. Implications for improving psychological well-being among academics are addressed and directions for future research are proposed.

Keywords: Academics, psychological well-being, stress, depression, burnout, emotions

To Cite this Article: Salimzadeh, R., Saroyan, A., & Hall, N. C. (2017). Examining the factors impacting academics’ psychological well-being: A review of research. International Education Research, 5(1), 13-44.

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Examining the Factors Impacting Academics’ Psychological Well-Being: A Review of Research