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ERIC Number: EJ835574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
"Burnout" amongst Direct Care Workers in Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Research Findings and Initial Normative Data
Skirrow, Paul; Hatton, Chris
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n2 p131-144 Mar 2007
Background: Burnout has been highlighted as a significant problem for workers in the intellectual disabilities field. A growing number of studies have investigated the levels of burnout and its correlates amongst this population, although they have often reported somewhat contradictory findings. Materials and methods: The present paper sought to systematically review the literature describing the levels and correlates of burnout amongst direct care workers of adults with intellectual disabilities. Results: Meta-analytic comparisons suggested that the levels of burnout are somewhat lowered in this population compared with normative samples and that there appeared to be a trend of burnout rates decreasing steadily over the past 20 years. Discussion: Burnout appears to represent a useful construct for measuring the distress of workers supporting adults with intellectual disabilities. Gaps and inconsistencies were highlighted in the research literature and future research directions discussed.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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