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NCJ Number: 70026 Find in a Library
Title: Burnout
Corporate Author: MTI
United States of America
Project Director: J G Mitchell; J McDonald
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This fast-paced film uses television soap operas, commercials, and news interviews to talk about the varied causes of burnout and strategies for coping with its effects.
Abstract: Burnout, a cluster of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion reactions occurs frequently in a wide variety of people working in the helping professions. It results from constant or repeated emotional arousal which is associated with an intense involvement with people over long periods. Burnout appears to be a major factor in low morale, absenteeism, and high job turnover and plays a primary role in the poor delivery of health and welfare services. A person experiencing burnout may experience negative self-concepts and job attitudes and may treat clients in a detached and dehumanized fashion. To cope with burnout, the film suggests that people should listen to their bodies, build support groups for sharing professional problems, compartmentalize or separate home problems from work problems, and make out a list of priorities. Other suggestions include developing a detached concern which combines professional equanimity with care and compassion, and learning to laugh at work. Two manuals by two research professionals in the area of burnout accompany the film.
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Films; Job pressure; Police occupational stress
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