TH-P01-049 - The Relationship between Burnout and Stigmatizing Attitudes towards Mentally Ill among Non-Medical Mental Health Professionals

Track:
Burnout and fatigue
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Employee stress and burnout
Burnout and fatigue
TH-P01-049
The Relationship between Burnout and Stigmatizing Attitudes towards Mentally Ill among Non-Medical Mental Health Professionals
A. Endriulaitiene 1,*, R. Marksaityte 1, K. Zardeckaite-Matulaitiene 1, A. Pranckeviciene 2, D. Tillman 3, D. Hoff 3
1Vytautas Magnus University, 2Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania, 3University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, United States
 
Content: Purpose Stigma of mental illness is usually analysed as the risk for patient wellbeing. Research of stigma as the correlate of occupational burnout is almost absent. Stigmatization in mental health settings might be the unique stressor contributing to lower occupational wellbeing. This study aimed to explore the relationship between burnout and mental illness stigma in the group of non-medical mental health care professionals (MHP).
Design/ Methodology 234 professionals (123 psychologists, 111 social workers) answered the self-reported questionnaire in cross-sectional survey. Maslach Burnout Inventory, Community Attitudes towards Mentally Ill Scale, and Social Distance Scale were used.
 
Results Higher levels of emotional exhaustion and cynism, and lower levels of professional efficacy were related to more stigmatizing attitudes of non-medical MHP, both negative community attitudes and higher social distance. Although social workers reported higher levels of negative attitudes than psychologists, more significant correlations between burnout and mental illness stigma was found in the group of psychologists.
Limitations Non-random sampling and self - report data with possible social desirability bias should be taken into account.
Research/ Practical Implications. Prevention of burnout should take into account the attitudes of professionals towards their clients, especially in the group of psychologists. More extensive research on different types of mental health stigma is needed.
Originality/ Value The study addresses the new issue in well-being of mental health care professionals – stigmatization of clients as the risk factor for poor occupational health. Also data about non-medical professions, like psychology and social work, contribute to the gap in the literature.
 
 
 
 
 

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