The evaluation of an individual burnout intervention program: The role of inequity and social support

D VanDierendonck, W.B Schaufeli, Abraham (Bram) Buunk

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Abstract

This study evaluated a 5-week, group-based burnout intervention program among direct-care professionals working with mentally disabled individuals. Equity theory was used as the theoretical framework. The main objective of the program was to reduce perceptions of inequity in the relationship with the organization and with the recipients of care by increasing the fit between the professional's goals and expectations and the actual work situation. One experimental group and 2 control groups participated. All 3 groups filled out 3 questionnaires: before the program started, 6 months later, and 1 year later. Individual absenteeism rates were assessed for 1 year before and after the program. Results showed that in the experimental group burnout, absence, and deprived feelings diminished compared with the control groups. The most profound effects were among participants who could draw on social resources to benefit from the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-407
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume83
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun-1998

Keywords

  • ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT
  • OCCUPATIONAL STRESS
  • JOB-SATISFACTION
  • NURSES
  • CONSERVATION
  • RESOURCES
  • PROFESSIONALS
  • INOCULATION
  • ABSENTEEISM
  • REDUCTION

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