ERIC Number: ED329823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Burnout and Job Satisfaction among Rural School Counselors.
Stickel, Sue A.
Numerous studies have reported that school counselors often experience high levels of stress as part of their jobs. Much of this stress has been characterized as related to attempting to meet the many demands of the position as well as to performing many non-professional duties. This study examined burnout and job satisfaction among rural school counselors. The Maslach Burnout Inventory for Educators and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, Short Form, were mailed to 214 western rural schools each having a single counselor. Materials were returned by 147 counselors representing a 68.6% rate of return. Scores for emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, personal accomplishment, general satisfaction, intrinsic satisfaction, and extrinsic satisfaction were computed from the two instruments. Appropriate descriptive statistics were computed and regression analysis performed. Counselors were found to exhibit moderate levels of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Personal accomplishment scores were high, indicative of low burnout in this area. Job satisfaction scores compared to appropriate norm groups indicated a lower level of job satisfaction. Moderate negative correlations resulted between the emotional exhaustion and depersonalization subscales of the burnout measure and the measures of job satisfaction. Moderate positive correlations were noted between personal accomplishment and the measures of job satisfaction. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 13-16, 1991).