Title

Youth Work and Burnout: Perspectives on stress and burnout from the education and human service profession

Publication Date

Winter 12-17-2015

Abstract

Stacy King - PIM 73 Youth Work and Burnout: Perspectives on stress and burnout from the education and human service profession December 2015

Burnout in the education and human service fields is now being considered an epidemic. Much research has been done on burnout in long-term professionals. This project examines the differences and similarities between long-term and intensive youth workers in the education and human service professions. Six youth workers participated in in-depth interviews exploring their symptoms, stressors and coping strategies in dealing with feelings of burnout.

Since there has been extensive research done on long-term youth workers, this project focuses on the unique differences and challenges that intensive youth workers are faced with. The extracted themes from the interviews include: time, symptoms, causes, personal coping strategies, professional/organization coping strategies and changes for the future. Differences are found in all categories. This research will add to the field of youth work and inform intensive youth program managers, directors and workers about issues of burnout.

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