ERIC Number: ED474809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-7
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Assessing Knowledge of Professional Burnout in College Students Entering Helping Professions: A Pilot Study Addressing the Need for Inclusion of Burnout Information in Undergraduate Curricula.
Ross, Lesley A.; Attaway, Tracey L.; Staik, Irene M.; Harwell, Brad D.; Burling, John W.; Gilbert, D. Kristen.
Many Web sites and professional journal articles address professional burnout in helping professions. Professional organizations in social work, psychology, and medicine have identified stressors and developed effective coping strategies, allowing helping professionals to alleviate stress and burnout via a reactive approach. This pilot study assessed knowledge of burnout in 72 undergraduates majoring in social work, psychology, and premedicine. The relationships between this knowledge and self-efficacy, provision of social support, and self-esteem were also assessed. Results reveal that students had high self-esteem, efficacy, and good social relationship skills, yet lacked the necessary understanding and appreciation of burnout and its possible effects on their future work environments. Faculty may use these data to promote more proactive curricula in the area of professional burnout. (Contains 6 tables and 18 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2002).