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The Burnout syndrome in teachers: prevalence and associated factors

The burnout syndrome is a response to prolonged occupational stress. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of the Burnout Syndrome in 881 teachers from schools in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre-RS. Two research instruments were used: a questionnaire to evaluate sociodemographic and professional variables and the MBI-Maslach Burnout Inventory (HSS-ED). Results showed that 5.6% of the teachers showed high levels of emotional exhaustion, 0.7% depersonalization, and 28.9% low professional accomplishment. Older women without children, who are not engaged in a steady relationship, who have heavier workloads, teach lots of students and work in public schools show a higher risk of developing burnout.

Burnout syndrome; prevalence; teachers

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