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The prevalence and cause(s) of burnout among applied psychologists: a systematic review

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dc.contributor.author McCormack, Hannah M.
dc.contributor.author MacIntyre, Tadhg E.
dc.contributor.author O'Shea, Deirdre
dc.contributor.author Herring, Matthew P.
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-07T11:31:43Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-07T11:31:43Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7285
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Burnout has been shown to develop due to chronic stress or distress, which has negative implications for both physical and mental health and well-being. Burnout research originated in the “caring-professions.” However, there is a paucity of research which has focused specifically on how job demands, resources and personal characteristics affect burnout among practitioner psychologists. Methods: This PRISMA review (Moher et al., 2009) involved searches of key databases (i.e., Web of Knowledge, SCOPUS and Google Scholar) for articles published prior to 1st January, 2017. Articles concerning the prevalence and cause(s) of burnout in applied psychologists, that were published in the English language were included. Both quantitative and qualitative investigative studies were included in the review. The Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool (CCAT; Crowe, 2013) was used to appraise the quality of each paper included in this review. An inductive content analysis approach (Thomas, 2006) was subsequently conducted in order to identify the developing themes from the data. Results: The systematic review comprised 29 papers. The most commonly cited dimension of burnout by applied psychologists was emotional exhaustion (34.48% of papers). Atheoretical approaches were common among the published articles on burnout among applied psychologists.Workload and work setting are the most common job demands and factors that contribute to burnout among applied psychologists, with the resources and personal characteristics of research are age and experience, and sex the most commonly focused upon within the literature. Conclusions: The results of the current review offers evidence that burnout is a concern for those working in the delivery of psychological interventions. Emotional exhaustion is themost commonly reported dimension of burnout, with job and personal characteristics and resources also playing important roles in the development of burnout in the mental health care profession. Finally, tentative recommendations for those within the field of applied psychology en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;9, article 1897
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01897
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject well-being en_US
dc.subject burnout en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject psychologists en_US
dc.subject coping en_US
dc.subject systematic review en_US
dc.title The prevalence and cause(s) of burnout among applied psychologists: a systematic review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01897
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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