TH-P01-050 - Burnout in Early Career of Mental Health Care Professionals: Is Mental Health Stigma a Correlate?

Burnout and fatigue
Poster Presentation
3 hours 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Employee stress and burnout
Burnout and fatigue
Burnout in Early Career of Mental Health Care Professionals: Is Mental Health Stigma a Correlate?
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 Burnout in helping professions is rarely investigated among early career professionals. Unique stressor in mental health settings might be stigmatizing attitudes towards mentally ill clients, but their contribution to burnout is not clear. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between burnout and mental health stigma in the sample of early career mental health professionals.
Design/ Methodology 181 professionals participated in the cross-sectional study. 110 participants were working students and 71 were professionals with less than 3 years of work experience. Both were employed as psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists or mental health nurses. They filled in the self-report questionnaire with Community Attitudes towards the Mentally Ill Scale, Self-Stigma of Seeking Help Scale, and Maslach Burnout Inventory.
Results Higher cynism significantly correlated to more stigmatizing community attitudes, and lower professional efficacy correlated to higher levels of help-seeking stigma. Still, among working students only higher cynism was related to negative community attitudes. In the group of non-student professionals community attitudes were not related to burnout, whereas help seeking stigma was related to higher levels of all components of burnout.
Limitations Small sample size and self - report data is the concern when generalizing the results.
Research/ Practical Implications Stigmatizing attitudes should be addressed in training curricula and preventive efforts, as they might be the risk factor for burnout of early career mental health professionals.
Originality/ Value The study addresses the unique group of participants in burnout literature - working students and early career specialists in mental health settings.


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