2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Burnout in College Students
Garett C. Foster
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

This study examined burnouts relationships with engagement and intention to leave. Students (n=125) were recruited from psychology courses and student organizations. The online questionnaire consisted of demographic questions followed by three scales. Students completed the twenty-item Truman Burnout Inventory (Heckert, 2009) which consisted of three sub-scales measuring emotional exhaustion (alpha = 0.89), cynicism (alpha = 0.91), and reduced self-efficacy (alpha = 0.82). Students also completed the three-item Intention to Leave Scale (Weisburg, 1994) (alpha = 0.56) and the Utretch Work Engagement Scale for Students (Schaufeli et. al, 2002) (alpha = 0.89). All scales used a seven-point Likert-type response. Results showed moderate levels of emotional exhaustion, with moderately low levels of cynicism and reduced self-efficacy. I found relatively low levels of intention to leave and moderate levels of engagement. Intention to leave had moderately strong, positive correlations with all burnout factors. Engagement had strong, negative correlations with the burnout factors.

Keywords: Burnout, Engagement, Intention to Leave, Turnover


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 313-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 1:30

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