The impact of skills training on the burnout and distress of employment service case managers

Goddard, Richard, Creed, Peter, & Patton, Wendy A. (2001) The impact of skills training on the burnout and distress of employment service case managers. Journal of Vocational and Education Training, 53(2), pp. 193-204.

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Abstract

This study investigated the impact of formal skills training on levels of burnout and psychological distress in a sample of Australian case managers who work with long-term unemployed people. Eighty-six case managers responded to a mail survey that included the Maslach Burnout Inventory ([MBI] Maslach et al, 1996), the 12-item General Health Questionnaire ([GHQ-12] Goldberg, 1978), and the short form of the revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire ([EPQ-R/s] Eysenck & Eysenck, 1991). Case managers were also asked a series of demographic questions including details of skills training undertaken. Two-thirds of respondents indicated they had not undertaken any formal programme of skills training relevant to their current duties. A between-subjects MANOVA indicated that those case managers who had received formal skills training reported significantly lower levels of burnout on all MBI subscales, and reported significantly lower levels of distress on the GHQ-12 than those who had not received formal skills training. When the influence of the personality variable neuroticism was discounted, much of the hypothesised effect of formal skills training disappeared.

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ID Code: 9201
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: w.patton@qut.edu.au
Keywords: skills training, burnout, employment services, psychological distress
DOI: 10.1080/13636820100200158
ISSN: 1747-5090
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Frrancis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Vocational and Education Training 53(2):pp. 193-204.
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:43

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