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Section 10
Burnout in Clinical Psychologists:
An Examination of its Nature

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Burnout is conceptualised as “a syndrome of emotional exhaustion (EE), depersonalisation (DP), and reduced personal accomplishment (PA) that can occur among individuals who do people work of some Emotional Exhaustion Burn Out psychology continuing educationkind” (p.3) (Maslach, 1982). EE is defined as the central quality representing the basic stress dimension of burnout (Leiter & Maslach, 2001), including feelings of being emotionally overextended and depleted of emotional resources (Maslach, Schaufeli & Leiter, 2001). The DP or cynicism component depicts the interpersonal context dimension of burnout (Schaufeli & Enzmaan, 1998), and refers to a negative, callous, excessively detached response to clients (Aarogones, 2001). The component of reduced PA represents the self-evaluation dimension of burnout (Leiter & Maslach, 2001). It connotes feelings of inefficacy, lack of achievement and productivity at work (Maslach et al., 2001). There has been a dearth of research on burnout in UK clinical psychologists, despite US psychologists reporting burnout levels of up to 40% (Fortener, 1999; Hann, 1999; Persing, 2000) and mental health workers being identified as a high risk group for burnout (Onyett, Pillinger, Muijen, 1997). This neglect is disquieting, especially as the only national study on UK clinical psychologists indicated that 29.4% were highly stressed (Cushway & Tyler, 1994). Although stress is an insufficient marker for burnout as it does not incorporate lowered PA or DP in its parameters, it is a significant predictor of EE (Kaden, 1999; Wertz, 2000). Therefore, UK clinical psychologists could be at risk of burnout and it is imperative that the nature, extent and correlates of burnout in this population are investigated.

Research Summary

To examine the nature and extent of burnout in a national sample of UK clinical psychologists, together with the individual and organisational variables associated with the three dimensions of burnout.

This study utilised a cross sectional survey design.

Clinical Psychologists (336) recruited from the Register for Chartered Clinical Psychologists completed a postal survey, including a Demographic Questionnaire, the Big-Five Mini Markers Scale (Saucier, 1994), the Therapists Role Stress Inventory (Hellman, 1984), the Facet Free Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (Quinn & Staines, 1979), and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach, Jackson & Leiter, 1996).

UK clinical psychologists displayed higher scores on emotional exhaustion, lower scores on depersonalisation and personal accomplishment as compared to their US counterparts. Psychologists appeared to be working an average of 35 hours per week, and reported moderate therapeutic role stress, moderate levels of job satisfaction and high scores on agreeableness and conscientiousness. Professional doubt emerged as a key stressor and correlated with all three burnout dimensions. Logistic regression analyses indicated that 70.54% of cases for EE were correctly classified by conscientiousness, perception of workload, perception of being burnt out, resource depletion and professional doubt. For DP, 80.30% of cases were correctly classified by years post qualification, conscientiousness, agreeableness, total hours worked and professional doubt. For PA, administrative work, extroversion, openness to change and professional doubt correctly classified 72.02% of cases. The association of specific individual, organisational and stress appraisal variables with EE, DP and PA also lent weight to the multidimensional conceptualisation of burnout.

Significant proportions of UK clinical psychologists are burnt out, and 47% of clinical psychologists in this study indicated a high likelihood of leaving their job. The high levels of burnout also suggest that a proportion of these burnt out, unsupported psychologists may be providing an unethical, poor quality of care to their clients. Thus, these findings have implications for the individuals, their clients, the profession and the NHS. It is hoped that this research will raise awareness and positively impact on the individual psychologists’ level of self-care, clinical practice and facilitate the development of intervention and preventative strategies for burnout.
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