Fairfield, IA February 3, 2014
new study published in The Permanente Journal (Vol. 18, No.1) on health
showed the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation® technique substantially decreased teacher stress and burnout.
Decreased Burnout through Transcendental Meditation Compared to Controls
This graph shows the average level of change in total burnout, as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory, in the Transcendental Meditation group compared to controls. The graph displays a marked reduction in burnout symptoms in the TM group, with the control group showing a small increase in burnout over the duration of the study.
indicates that stress and burnout are pervasive problems among
employees, with teachers being especially vulnerable to feeling frequent
stress from their jobs. Burnout, a syndrome of emotional exhaustion,
depersonalization, and job dissatisfaction, has been found to contribute
to lower teacher classroom performance and higher absenteeism and job
This current study
sought to determine whether practice of the Transcendental Meditation
(TM) program results in lower psychological distress and decreased
burnout in teachers and support staff at the Bennington School in
Vermont, a special in-residence school for students with behavioral