Social work, stress and burnout: A review

Robert King, Chris Lloyd and Lesley Chenoweth (2002) Social work, stress and burnout: A review. Journal of Mental Health, 11 3: 255-265. doi:10.1080/09638230020023642

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
SocialWorkStressBurnout.pdf Full text article application/pdf 120.06KB 0

Author Robert King
Chris Lloyd
Lesley Chenoweth
Title Social work, stress and burnout: A review
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8237
Publication date 2002-01-01
DOI 10.1080/09638230020023642
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 265
Total pages 11
Editor I Hughes
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Carfax Publishing Ltd.
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730300 Health and Support Services
Abstract Stress and burnout for health care professionals have received increasing attention in the literature. Significant administrative, societal and political changes have impacted on the role of workers and the responsibilities they are expected to assume. Most writers suggest that social work is a highly stressful occupation, with stress deriving in particular from role conflict between client advocacy and meeting agency needs. This article reviewed the social work literature with two questions in mind: Are social workers subject to greater stress than other health professionals? What factors contribute to stress and burnout among social workers? We found that most of the literature was either anecdotal or compared social worker stress with general population norms rather than with stress levels of workers in comparable professions. Such empirical research as is available suggests that social workers may experience higher levels of stress and resulting burnout than comparable occupational groups. Factors identified as contributing to stress and burnout included the nature of social work practice, especially tension between philosophy and work demands and the organization of the work environment. There was some evidence that supervision and team support are protective factors.
Q-Index Code C1

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 175 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 03:44:52 EST