A study to examine the relationship between burnout/selected demographic characteristics and supervisory support among school psychologists Public Deposited

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  • The principal focus of this investigation was to add to the very limited body of knowledge on stress and burnout among certificated school psychologists. The objective of this study was to learn both the incidence of burnout and the relationship between that incidence and selected demographic variables and supervisory support among certificated school psychologists in Oregon. A sample of 70 school psychologists responded to a three-part research instrument consisting of a demographic data sheet, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, and the Work Experience Scale (WES). The primary measuring instrument the MBI, provided a measure of perceived burnout in terms of the level of burnout of Emotional Exhaustion, Depersonalization, and Personal Accomplishment. The Work Experience Scale provided a measure of perceived level of supervisory support. School Psychologists were grouped according to the following demographic and job-related variables: 1.Educational level. 2.Type of academic preparation. 3.Years of experience as a school psychologist. 4.Years of experience in special education. 5.Sex. 6.Income. 7.Years in present job. 8.Geographical work setting. Correlations of coefficient were computed to determine the degree of relationship between dependent burnout variables and significant independent demographic variables. Means and standard deviation for the study population and Maslach's sample population were performed to see if material differences exist between these two populations. Analysis of variance techniques were used to compare dependent burnout variables with selected independent demographic variables. The Newman Kuels Multiple Comparison procedure was performed to determine if statistical differences exist between geographical work settings. Multiple regression techniques were used to identify the relationship between the dependent burnout variables and all independent demographic variables. Findings rejected the hypothesis that there was no significant relationship to burnout level of depersonalization and income, the burnout level of emotional exhaustion and years on the job, emotional exhaustion and income, emotional exhaustion and supervisory support, emotional exhaustion and level of academic preparation, and level of personal accomplishment and work setting. All other hypotheses were rejected, however, significant relationships were found between the emotional exhaustion and depersonalization levels of burnout and selected independent demographic variables. Additionally, mean scores for the burnout subscales indicated moderate levels of burnout existed when respondent scoring information were compared against normative data.
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