Tziporah Rosenberg, MA, and Matthew Pace, MA, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University.
BURNOUT AMONG MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 87–99, January 2006
How to Cite
Rosenberg, T. and Pace, M. (2006), BURNOUT AMONG MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32: 87–99. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01590.x
The authors contributed equally to this project.
A portion of this article was presented as a poster, “Burnout Among MFTs” at the 2001 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Nashville, TN.
The authors extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to Jonathan Sandberg for his love and guidance.
- Issue online: 1 MAY 2007
- Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2007
Burnout is a syndrome consisting of physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from negative self-concept, negative job attitudes, and loss of concern for clients. This research study explores potential predictors and prevalence of burnout among marriage and family therapists (MFTs). It evaluates the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) to establish its applicability to MFTs. Our sample of 116 Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy responded to a mailed questionnaire including demographic information and the MBI. Overall, our sample reported low-to-moderate ranges of burnout. Differences were noted in degrees of burnout across job settings. Predictors of clinician burnout include hours worked per week and job setting. Factor analysis indicates that the MBI is an appropriate assessment tool for measuring burnout among MFTs. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.