Being Spurned by Peers in Preschool Teachers in Macau: Self-esteem and Coping Methods
When preschool teachers find peer teachers encountering difficulties in their work, they are likely to offer help to such peers, with the help pertaining to, for instance, ways of guiding children. Yet, if the offer of help to peers is refused by the peers, how would the teachers react? Based on a model on reactions of rejected helpers, the authors examined, in the present study, the feelings and reactions of preschool teachers when their offers of help were repeatedly rejected by their peer teachers. The authors predicted that, when rejected, preschool teachers would experience a threat to their self-esteem, and that teachers with higher self-esteem would experience stronger threat. Another objective of the study was to examine how teachers with higher or lower self-esteem coped with refusal of help by peers. The results of a survey of 229 preschool teachers in Macau lent support to most of the hypotheses.
|關鍵詞||澳门、幼师、被拒压力、自尊受损、Macau、preschool teachers、rejection stress、self-threat|