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  1. Michael P. Leiter

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0148

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Leiter, M. P. 2010. Burnout. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Burnout is a chronic syndrome describing a dysfunctional relationship with work. People experiencing burnout are tired, uninvolved, and ineffective. The concept has been the focus of extensive research and consulting work since it was introduced in the mid-1970s.


  • exhaustion;
  • over worked;
  • work demands;
  • work stress