2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Relation of the Big 5 Personality Characteristics to Job Burnout
Lauren A. Kienstra*, Maria A. Spilker, Adam H. Kabins, Christopher R. Honts, Shannon M. Albright, Margaret Terranova, Greg Bellville, and Idean Judah
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

Job burnout, the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue associated with prolonged exposure to stress, has been associated with a variety of negative consequences for the company and the worker. However, little is known about why some workers are resistant to it. The purpose of this study was to evaluate one potential factor, i.e., personality. Participants were 100 full-time employees, with at least one year of job experience, in a wide range of occupations. The Big Five personality factors, which include extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness/intellectualism, were measured using the International Personality Item Pool scale (www.ipip.ori.org). Burnout was measured using the Truman Burnout Inventory (Wilson & Heckert, 2006). As predicted, personality characteristics were related to the burnout dimensions. For example, emotional stability was significantly related to all three burnout dimensions. Other findings will be discussed.

Keywords: Personality, Big 5, Job Burnout

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 48-5
Location: VH 1010
Time: 2:15 pm

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