Novice School Counselors’ Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Inquiry

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Rahim Siti Nur Hazwani
Abu Bakar Abu Yazid
Salleh Amat
Suranata Kadek


This  study was  conducted  to  explore  the  causes  and  effects  of  stress  among  novice school counselors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study employs a qualitative approach with combination data collection techniques of observation, interview and document analysis.  The respondents involved six counselors who have just started their careers for less than one year in high school settings. The six respondents were sampled using the purposive sampling methodology. The main result of the study found that all respondents agreed that their feelings before taking up the position of a teacher and after becoming a teacher had many changes. It is also found that all respondents have a good understanding of the pressures and challenges they go through.  Undoubtedly, it's critical for teachers to keep in mind that having personal experience may help them cope with stress.

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