ERIC Number: ED374378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Burnout and Job Dissatisfaction among Practicing School Psychologists in Illinois.
Niebrugge, Kathryn M.
Job burnout is a condition observed in recent years among a wide variety of helping professions. In this study, burnout was described as emotional exhaustion, job dissatisfaction, and the desire to leave the job and/or profession. To examine burnout in the profession of school psychology, a random sample of members (N=139) of the Illinois School Psychologists Association completed survey materials including a Maslach Burnout Inventory, a School Psychologists Stress Inventory, and specially designed demographic and job satisfaction questionnaires. The primary questions addressed include: (1) What is the extent of burnout among school psychologists?; (2) What principal job-related stressors are associated with burnout?; (3) What relationship exists between certain demographic variables and burnout?; and (4) What best predicts burnout? Results suggested that symptoms of burnout occur frequently among school psychologists. Although job related stressors (e.g. lack of resources, time management) were related to burnout, demographic factors (e.g. satisfaction with supervision, case discrepancy index) were found to be the best predictors of burnout. Results also indicated that supervising psychologists are considered to be primary figures in resistance to burnout. Contains 27 references. (RB)
Descriptors: Burnout, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Response, Job Satisfaction, Leadership, Morale, Motivation, Negative Attitudes, Organizational Climate, Persistence, Psychological Patterns, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Self Esteem, Stress Variables, Student Personnel Workers, Supervisors, Time Management
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois