Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership


Dr. Kimberly Flowers


This dissertation aimed to determine by type of school-based health program—schoolbased health centers (SBHCs) or telehealth programs (tSBHC)—and years of teaching experience on the effects of compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress among public school teachers in Arkansas districts. Mandates legitimize the additional mental health supports for students; however, supports for teachers who interact with those students is almost non-existent. The Professional Quality of Life survey measures compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary trauma in the work setting. Data were collected from novice and experienced teachers from nine Arkansas school districts and analyzed using factorial ANOVAs. SBHC and tSBHC did not affect the professional quality of life of novice and experienced teachers; however, experienced teachers had higher levels of compassion satisfaction and burnout than their novice peers. Further, school-based health programs did not affect teachers’ professional quality of life. School-based health programs and other support services, such as professional training and development focused on teachers’ professional quality of life, are imperative for ensuring the mental health supports for the teaching profession.

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