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Title: Burnout, psychological morbidity and job satisfaction : a comparative study between staff who work in substance misuse service and staff who work in adult mental health service
Author: Bruno, Alessia
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2010
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Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare levels of burnout and psychological morbidity between mental health professionals working in substance misuse services and generic adult mental health services; and to examine whether job satisfaction moderates the effect of burnout and psychological morbidity. Method: A cross-sectional survey design was adopted. Seventy-three mental health professional completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI; Maslach et al., 1996), the General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28; Goldberg & Williams, 1988), and the Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ; Weiss et al., 1967). Results: Mann Whitney U-test was used to analyse medians between the two groups. Findings showed no significant differences between substance misuse staff and adult mental health staff. Additionally, both groups reported relatively low levels of psychological morbidity and burnout. A partial correlation, while controlling for job satisfaction, found a moderating role of extrinsic job satisfaction in relation to depersonalisation and psychological morbidity. Conclusion: These data suggest that there is no difference on MBI and GHQ-28 measures between the two groups. Interestingly, job satisfaction (extrinsic) acted as a moderator only between depersonalisation and psychological morbidity. It would be helpful to identify which factors are predictors of job satisfaction and act as moderators. Future research might aim at including managers in the sample as they might suffer from burnout and psychological morbidity, which consequently might affect staff's psychological morbidity, burnout levels and job satisfaction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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