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Burnout and work engagement in occupational therapists
journal contributionposted on 2018-08-10, 00:00 authored by AA Poulsen, Pamela Meredith, A Khan, J Henderson, V Castrisos, SR Khan
Introduction:Work engagement, characterized by vigour, dedication, and absorption, is often perceived as the opposite of burnout. Occupational therapists with burnout feel exhausted and disengaged from their work. This study aims to investigate demographic and work-related psychosocial factors associated with burnout and work engagement. Method: A cross-sectional postal survey of 951 occupational therapists was conducted. Findings: Two models representing factors associated with burnout (F(15,871) = 28.01, p < .001) and work engagement (F(10,852) = 16.15, p < .001) accounted for 32.54% and 15.93% of the variance respectively. Burnout and work engagement were inversely associated (2(n = 941) = 55.16, p < .001). Conclusion: Factors associated with burnout and work engagement were identified. The variables associated with burnout included: low psychological detachment from work during out-of-work hours, low income satisfaction, perceived work overload, difficulty saying 'no', < 10 years' experience, low frequency of having a 'belly laugh', and not having children. High levels of work engagement were reported by therapists with the following: low psychological detachment from work, high income satisfaction, postgraduate qualifications, > 40 hours work/week, high frequency of having a 'belly laugh', and having children. Understanding the factors associated with burnout and work engagement provides prerequisite information to inform strategies aimed at building healthy workforces. © The College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category
Number of Pages9
PublisherSage Publications, UK
External Author AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland; Occupational Therapy for Children Private Practice; Association for Preschool Education of Deaf Children Inc.