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Stress and Burnout Among Social Workers
Stress and Burnout Among Social Workers

Author(s): Cristiana Marc, Claudia Bacter
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: POLIROM & Universitatea Bucureşti - Dept. de Sociologie şi Asistenţă Socială
Keywords: occupational stress; burnout; social workers; coping; supervision

Summary/Abstract: This paper presents the results of a qualitative study that illustrates how social workers experience stress and burnout at the workplace. The participants in this study were 18 social workers employed in state institutions and NGOs in Oradea. The results show that, according to respondents, the main factors that explain burnout are: heavy caseloads, time constraints, the categories of clients with whom they work, limitations of social work interventions, lack of appreciation and reward for their work, lack of support from supervisors and colleagues, the lack of involvement in family life. The symptoms most commonly present in the case of social workers who experience burnout were: emotional and physical exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, sleep disorders, impatience, giving up leisure activities, diminished motivation and job satisfaction. In order to prevent burnout, the solutions given by participants in the study aimed in particular at reducing workload, better time management, team cohesion support, an adequate reward for one's work, good organizational communication, supervision, opportunities for professional development. The paper concludes with a discussion of the practical implications of the results, presenting the study limitations and directions for future research.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 121-130
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English