Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art

First Advisor

Marilyn Patterson

Second Advisor

Sheila Coleman

Third Advisor

Pamela Nickels


Burnout is the state of being emotionally and physically fatigued by some aspect of one's work leading to the loss of efficiency and productivity. Those employed in the helping profession are uniquely susceptible to burnout as the trials and tribulations of their clients confront them each day. Presented here is research into the possible causes of burnout. The purpose of this study was to determine if levels of burnout correlated with the number of months an individual had worked at the same agency. Burnout was measured on the three subscales of the Maslach Burnout Inventory: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment. Twenty-two female and ten male social workers in a state, outpatient, mental health agency were the subjects. Data analysis showed there was no significant correlation between any of the three subscales of burnout and number of months employed at the agency.