Factors Associated with Burnout in the Social Services: An Exploratory Study

Craig Winston LeCroy, Mark R. Rank

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Based upon a sample of 106 social workers, factors related to burnout are examined. Several variables related to the job structure within the social services emerge as potentially important determinants of burnout. These include satisfaction, autonomy, self-esteem, and discrepancy. It would appear that the source of the burnout problem is more a function of the job situation than a function of individual personality. A social service agency will obtain higher worker effectiveness and less worker exhaustion by recognizing the need for worker independence, self-esteem, acceptance, and support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBurnout Among Social Workers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780203056424
ISBN (Print)086656666X, 9781138083646
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions
  • General Social Sciences


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