The impact of the implementation of an employee and family assistance program on teacher disability leave in ten British Columbia school districts
Abstract (Summary)Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAPs) are one way of providing health and wellness opportunities to ernployees. EFAPs are an important component of a wellness or health promotion program; many current programs focus on aspects of an employee's emotional health. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of implementing an Employee and Family Assistance Program on teacher disability leave. Short and long term disability leave statistics from ten provincial school districts were obtained from the British Columbia Teachers Federation. The years before a school district implemented an EFAP were used to form " pre-EFAP " means, while the year of implementation, together with al1 subsequent years constituted the "post-EFAP" means. Nondirectional T-tests were utilized to compare these short and long term disability leave means. The post-EFAP means were greater than the pre-EFAP means for both short and long term disability leave per 100 teachers. These differences, which are statistically significant (pc.05), indicate an increase in disability leave. The initiation of an EFAP, in the ten school districts examined, was followed by an increase in teacher disability leave. Therefore, this study revealed there are measurable differences in teacher disability leave after the initiation of an EFAP; the initiation of an EFAP is followed by an increase in disability leave.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/1997