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ERIC Number: EJ897548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Gender Differences in Burnout: A Meta-Analysis
Purvanova, Radostina K.; Muros, John P.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v77 n2 p168-185 Oct 2010
The literature on male-female differences in burnout has produced inconsistent results regarding the strength and direction of this relationship. Lack of clarity on gender differences in organizationally relevant phenomena, such as work burnout, frequently generates ungrounded speculations that may (mis)inform organizational decisions. To address this issue, we conducted a meta-analysis of the relationship between gender and burnout using 409 effect sizes from 183 studies. Results challenge the commonly help belief that female employees are more likely to experience burnout than male employees, revealing instead that women are slightly more emotionally exhausted than men (sigma = 0.10), while men are somewhat more depersonalized than women (sigma = -0.19). Although these effects are small, they are practically noteworthy when translated into a percent overlap statistic. Moderator analyses further revealed some intriguing nuances to the general trends, such as larger gender differences in the USA compared to the EU. In contrast, gender differences did not vary significantly in male-typed vs. female-typed occupations. Our analyses also suggest discontinuation of the use of overall burnout measures because they are highly consistent with the emotional exhaustion dimension of burnout only. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States