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Burnout amongst direct care workers in services for adults with intellectual disabilities : a systematic review of research findings and initial normative data.

Skirrow, Paul and Hatton, Chris (2007) Burnout amongst direct care workers in services for adults with intellectual disabilities : a systematic review of research findings and initial normative data. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20 (2). pp. 131-144. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

Background Burnout has been highlighted as a significant problem for workers in the intellectual disabilities field. A growing number of studies have investigated the levels of burnout and its correlates amongst this population, although they have often reported somewhat contradictory findings. Materials and methods The present paper sought to systematically review the literature describing the levels and correlates of burnout amongst direct care workers of adults with intellectual disabilities. Results Meta-analytic comparisons suggested that the levels of burnout are somewhat lowered in this population compared with normative samples and that there appeared to be a trend of burnout rates decreasing steadily over the past 20 years. Discussion Burnout appears to represent a useful construct for measuring the distress of workers supporting adults with intellectual disabilities. Gaps and inconsistencies were highlighted in the research literature and future research directions discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Additional Information: PG Intake 2001
Uncontrolled Keywords: burntout • direct care workers • intellectual disabilities
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33870
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2010 12:13
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33870

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