ERIC Number: EJ843491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
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Supervisor Support as a Predictor of Burnout and Therapeutic Self-Efficacy in Therapists Working in ABA Schools
Gibson, Jennifer A.; Grey, Ian M.; Hastings, Richard P.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n7 p1024-1030 Jul 2009
Very little is known about factors potentially affecting the performance of therapists delivering applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions for young children with autism. Eighty-one therapists working in ABA schools participated in a questionnaire study focused on their reports of burnout and perceived therapeutic self-efficacy in their work role. Perceived supervisor support played a central role in the prediction of reduced therapist burnout and increased therapeutic self-efficacy. In addition, perceived supervisor support moderated the impact of work demands on personal accomplishment burnout. Those therapists reporting high work demands and lower levels of supervisor support had lower personal accomplishment scores on the Maslach burnout inventory. Clinical implications include the importance of supervisor support for therapists and also supervisor style.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Autism, Burnout, Supervisors, Behavior Modification, Intervention, Administrator Role, Counselors, Work Environment, Young Children, Counselor Role, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Questionnaires
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