The Relationship of Occupational Stress and Burnout among Practicing Psychologists of Lahore

Author: Anum Younas

Supervisor: Dr. Aisha Sitwat

Degree: BS

Year: 2007-2011

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study aimed at finding the relationship between occupational stress and burnout among practicing psychologists in Lahore. Furthermore, it also aimed to find the relationship of specific demographic variables with occupational stress and burnout. Ex Post Facto Research Design was used and a sample of 48 psychologists was gathered through Purposive sampling. Occupational Stress Scale (Mubashir, 2005) and Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (Kristensen, Borritz, Villadsen, & Christensen, 2005) were used. Data was analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and regression analysis. Results showed that there was a significant positive relationship between occupational stress and personal, work and client burnout. Thetotal occupational stress was found to be significantly predictingall the three burnout types in a positive direction but none of the nine facets of the occupational stress significantly predicted any burnout. Number of clients seen per day significantly predicted client burnout in a positive direction while years of work experience significantly predicted client burnout in negative direction. It was revealed that 40% of the practicing psychologists of Lahore were facing high occupational stress and 27.08% were suffering from burnout in one or in multiple dimensions of their lives while, among the participants with high occupational stress, 68.42% had experienced burnout. Demographic correlates showed that participants facing client burnout were mostly dealing with psychotic clients and majority of the burned out participants had thoughts about leaving the job. Besides, more than half of the participants with client burnout thought of consulting another psychologist for their own wellbeing. Results of the study have implications for making plans for betterment of the psychologists.

Keywords: Occupational Stress, Psychologists, Burnout.

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