Effort-reward imbalance and burnout among humanitarian aid workers

Jachens, Liza and Houdmont, Jonathan and Thomas, Roslyn (2017) Effort-reward imbalance and burnout among humanitarian aid workers. Disasters . ISSN 1467-7717 (In Press)

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Objectives: This study examined stress-related working conditions – defined in terms of effort-reward imbalance (ERI) – and its association with burnout among a large, international sample of humanitarian aid workers.

Methods: Descriptive statistics were applied on crosssectional survey data (N=1,980) to profile ERI and burnout and Pearson’s χ 2 tests used to characterize associated socio- and occupational-demographic factors. Associations between ERI and burnout were established using binary logistic regression to generate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals adjusted for potential confounding variables.

Results: For high emotional exhaustion, the prevalence rate was 36% for women and 27% for men; high depersonalisation, 9% and 10%; and low personal achievement, 47% and 31%. Intermediate and high ERI was associated with significantly increased odds of high emotional exhaustion, with mixed findings for depersonalisation and personal achievement.

Conclusions: The ERI model was supported as a useful framework for investigating occupational correlates of burnout.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: effort-reward imbalance, burnout, humanitarian aid worker
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 09:19
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 23:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44525

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