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Title: Burnout in mental health professionals : the role of team climate
Author: Preston, L.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2001
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Burnout in nurses has been well established by a number of researchers, and it has been linked with serious personal and organisational consequences, such as increased staff turnover. Few studies have looked at a broader sample of mental health professionals (Leiter; Harvie, 1996). Several factors have been associated with the emergence of burnout, for example demographic variables, however, due to methodological difficulties the research has yielded few definitive conclusions. The current study aimed to identify burnout and other stress-related conditions, such as anxiety and depression, in nursing and non-nursing groups. The relationship between burnout and group environment, personality and group participation in multidisciplinary team meetings was explored. Sixty-six mental health professionals from nine multi-disciplinary teams working in acute psychiatric settings were invited to complete a set of standardised self-report measures and some additional questions. A measure of group participation was gained from one multi-disciplinary team meeting from each team. Correlation and regression analyses revealed that Group Environment significantly predicted burnout (p.01), independently of personality. Burnout was prevalent in all professionals. A model of the influence of team climate on burnout was outlined, and suggestions were made for practical implementations that could be introduced to help reduce burnout in mental health professionals.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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