The Implications of Demographic Variables as Related to Burnout Among a Sample of Special Education Teachers

Abstract: 

The attrition rate of highly qualified special education teachers is a pervasive
problem in the United States. This study investigated the association
between the burnout subscales of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization,
and personal accomplishment relative to 10 demographic
variables. Sixty-five special education teachers constituted the study
sample. The study relied on data obtained from the Maslach Burnout
Inventory-Educators Survey and a demographic questionnaire. The
mean reliability coefficient (Cronbach’s a) for the subscales comprising
the instrument was found to be a = .81. Results were analyzed
descriptively (frequencies and percentages). Gender and Marital status
were also analyzed inferentially using the t-test. Descriptive findings
suggested an association between all of the demographic variables and
burnout. However, inferential analysis of gender and marital status
related to the three subscales indicated that the differences were not
statistically significant. Findings resulted in practice and policy recommendations
for special education teachers and educational leaders.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Authors: 
Joy Williams and Catherine Dikes
Year of Publication: 
2015
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Education
Volume: 
135
Issue: 
Number 3
Edition: 
Spring 2015
Pages: 
337-345
Publisher: 
The New England Publishing Company
Date Published: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Place Published: 
Mobile, AL
Publication Language: 
English
ISSN Number: 
0013-1172
Call Number: 
1-800-633-4931
Editors: 
Dr. Phil Feldman and George Uhlig

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