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40 pct of teachers suffer from depression: survey

All News 15:28 February 03, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- Forty percent of Korean teachers suffer from depression, with the rate rising to 60 percent among homeroom teachers for 12th graders, a survey showed Friday.

The Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union and Seoul St. Mary's Hospital conducted the survey on 1,617 teachers at 79 randomly selected schools across the nation and found that 28 percent of the respondents were highly likely to be depressed, while another 11.9 percent were certain to have depression.

Homeroom teachers for 12th graders showed the highest rate of depression at 60.6 percent, with 43.9 percent highly likely to be depressed and 16.7 percent certainly depressed.

Asked whether they have been verbally abused in the past year, 38 percent of teachers at rural vocational schools responded affirmatively, followed by teachers at urban middle schools at 31.7 percent and teachers at urban high schools at 27.7 percent.

Among teachers at rural vocational schools, 85 percent said the verbal abuse came from students.

Teachers at urban vocational schools experienced the highest level of physical abuse at 4.9 percent, usually by students.

About 10 percent of female teachers said they experienced sexual harassment, mainly by their coworkers or seniors, while 14.7 percent of female teachers at urban middle schools said they had suffered a miscarriage.


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