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CARLOTTO, Mary Sandra  and  CAMARA, Sheila Gonçalves. Psychometric characteristics of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-SS) in Brazilian college students. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.2, pp.167-173. ISSN 2175-3563.

The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-SS) was projected to estimate the burnout syndrome in students. This article analyzes the MBI-SS psicometric characteristics (trustworthiness and construct validity) in a sample of 514 students. The factorial analysis identified three correlated variables to the three dimensions originally identificated in the inventory: emotional exhaustion, professional efectiveness and disbelief, an indication that the trifactorial solution is the more statistically and semantically fit. The variables emotional exhaustion and professional efectiveness reached a satisfactory level of internal consistency (0,81 and 0,74, respectively). Though, the third variable (disbelief) presents a moderated internal consistency index (0,59). According to the results, we consider that the MBI-SS is a valid and trsustworthy scale, presenting the needed requirements in terms of internal consistency and factorial validity in order to be widely used in the burnout syndrome evaluation for university students.

Keywords : Burnout; Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI); Construct validity; Psicometric characteristics.

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