Revista de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul
versão impressa ISSN 0101-8108
SILVEIRA, Núbia de Mesquita et al. Assessment of burnout levels in a sample of police officers. Rev. psiquiatr. Rio Gd. Sul [online]. 2005, vol.27, n.2, pp. 159-163. ISSN 0101-8108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81082005000200006.
OBJECTIVE: To compare burnout levels in two groups of police officers, considering their working activities (administrative vs. operational). METHODS: Using a Brazilian Portuguese version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), a group of 35 police officers involved in operational activities was compared to a group of 25 officers involved in administrative activities. The Student t test was used to compare the total scores obtained in the scale, as well as the scores obtained individually in each of the factors that constitute it. RESULTS: Considering a level of significance of 95%, no difference was observed between the two groups in the total scores obtained in the scale (p < 0.383) and neither in the three factors that constitute it, namely, emotional exhaustion (p < 0.76), personal accomplishment (p < 0.11) and depersonalization (p < 0.65). CONCLUSION: The results obtained in this study suggest that the symptoms associated with the burnout syndrome are not determined by the type of activity performed. However, further studies are necessary for a better investigation of this syndrome and of its relation with the police officer job.
Palavras-chave : Burnout syndrome; police officers; occupational stress.