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A review and critique of psychological approaches to the burn-out phenomenon
Centrum för folkhälsoforskning, Högskolan i Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
1990 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 4, no 2, 83-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the 70s the concept burn-out appeared in psychological literature on the helping professions. The concept has since then been ascribed several meanings, and critical voices have been raised against the lack of clarity and consensus in the definitions. The aim of this article was to critically examine the thinking on the concept of burn-out. The helping professionals--nurses, welfare officers, psychologists, medical doctors, etc.--have expanded rapidly since the 60s. It is stated that the issues on which burn-out researchers focus deserve the attention of social scientists in general. The major limitation in the literature on burn-out is that there is little analysis of the role of society and social conditions in producing the phenomenon. It is suggested that sociological analyses may have a contribution to make here.

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1990. Vol. 4, no 2, 83-91 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2908OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2908DiVA: diva2:572433
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2012-11-27 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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