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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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GOMES, Rosa Maria Silva  and  PEREIRA, Anabela Maria Sousa. Coping Strategies in portuguese kindergarten teachers. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.2, pp. 319-326. ISSN 1413-8557.

The aim of this study is to identify the mechanisms of coping (strategies to deal with difficult situations) used by kindergarten Teachers when they face situations of stress, as well as to study respective characteristics of the used evaluation instrument in a Portuguese version. The sample is constituted by 247 kindergarten teachers (graduated and training students) with ages between 20 and 57 years old. The Strategies of Coping (EC) likert type scale from the Differential Stress Inventory (DSI), of Lefèvre & Kubinger (2004) was adapted for the Portuguese population by Gomes, Pereira & Gil (2006), which revealed good psychometric characteristics. The main results show that kindergarten Teachers, when experiencing stress inducing situations, frequently appeal to coping strategies with focus in emotion, than based in the problem solving situation. Will be discussed further implications of this research to the professional training.

Keywords : Coping; Stress; Education.

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