ERIC Number: EJ1046095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Coping as a Predictor of Burnout and General Health in Therapists Working in ABA Schools
Griffith, G. M.; Barbakou, A.; Hastings, R. P.
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v29 n4 p548-558 2014
Background: Little is known about the work-related well-being of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapists who work in school-based contexts and deliver ABA interventions to children with autism. Methods: A questionnaire on work-related stress (burnout), general distress, perceived supervisor support and coping was completed by 45 ABA therapists across six schools in the UK. Results: Around 42% of ABA therapists reported low levels of personal accomplishment at work, 13% reported high levels of emotional exhaustion and 40% met criteria for experiencing high levels of general distress. Wishful thinking coping was predictive of higher emotional exhaustion burnout and depersonalisation, and lower personal accomplishment. Conclusions: Given that a wishful thinking approach to coping may contribute to experiencing stress at work, it is important to consider support interventions for ABA therapists that may enhance their well-being. Mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies in particular may be relevant to the support of ABA therapist well-being.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Coping, Autism, Burnout, Prediction, Behavior Modification, Allied Health Personnel, Questionnaires, Intervention, Demography, Measures (Individuals), Reliability, Statistical Distributions, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Health, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Maslach Burnout Inventory