Stress is contagious in the classroom

Teacher burnout may affect students’ stress levels too, according to a new UBC study reported in TIME and other media outlets.

The researchers found that when teachers experienced burnout, their students had higher cortisol levels.

“This suggests that stress contagion might be taking place in the classroom among students and their teachers,” said Eva Oberle, lead author of the study and assistant professor at UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership.

A similar story appeared in the Daily Mail, Live Science, CBCVancouver 24 Hours and News 1130.