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Demands, control and teacher burnout: a test of the Karasek's job demands- control model


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Čalić, Ana. (2009). Demands, control and teacher burnout: a test of the Karasek's job demands- control model. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Maslić Seršić, Darja].

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The aim of this study was to test the basic assumptions of Karasek's model of stress by analyzing specific demands, control and teacher burnout. The model assumes that employees whose jobs are characterized by high demands and low control experience more stress than those in other job categories. It is also more likely that interactive effects of demands and control will be more predictive of stress than the additive effects of high demands and low control. The study was conducted on a convenient sample of primary and secondary school teachers in Zagreb (N = 176). Based on the prior teacher job analysis, new scales of demands and control are formed. Regression analysis was conducted in order to determine how well model predicts burnout. Hypotheses about the main effects of demands and control were only partially confirmed because only demands had significant predictive power for burnout. Joint effect of demands and control explained 18.4% variance of burnout, but the evidence for interactive effects hasn’t been found. It appears that this form of model operationalization isn’t very suitable for explaining teacher burnout and it’s necessary to add some new elements which could improve it.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional stress, demands - control model, burnout, teachers
Subjects: Psychology > Organizacijska psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Maslić Seršić, Darja
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2011 15:21
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 23:20

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