Self-care patterns and burnout in a sample of social workers in Eastern Newfoundland with an organizational context

Calder, Meghan A. (2017) Self-care patterns and burnout in a sample of social workers in Eastern Newfoundland with an organizational context. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the role that self-care patterns have on burnout in social workers in Eastern Newfoundland within the context of the Bolman and Deal (2013) four frames model. Methods included a three-part survey including the Self-Care Assessment Worksheet, Maslach Burnout Inventory, and Areas of Worklife Survey. The open-ended research questions further explored self-care, burnout and the organization’s role in relation to it. Those with 20+ years of experience had the lowest level of burnout. Results showed the more one engages with self-care practices, the lower burnout they experience. Participants working in CYFS had the highest scores of depersonalization and those working directly with clients experienced more burnout than those who did not work with clients. Results showed 40% of participants felt that their organization doesn’t support the practice of self-care. Emerging themes relating to burnout included workload demands, difficulties with organizations and/or management, and working with traumatized clients. Interesting patterns and themes were also noted about self-care in the context of social work practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12847
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-128).
Keywords: Burnout, Self-Care, Areas of Worklife, Maslach Burnout Inventory
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: 23 July 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Social workers -- Mental health -- Newfoundland and Labrador; Social workers -- Job stress -- Newfoundland and Labrador; Burn out (Psychology)

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