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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Child psychotherapists-Psychology, Child psychotherapists-Job stress, Burn out (Psychology), Hope, Abused children-Counseling of, Child abuse-Treatment, Depersonalization, Emotional exhaustion, Personal accomplishment, Willpower, Waypower, Pathway, Neglect, Exploitation


This research study was a quantitative, exploratory investigation of the relationship between hope and burnout among clinicians who work on cases involving children at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. An electronic questionnaire, featuring the Maslach Burnout Inventory – Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) and the Hope Trait Scale, was administered anonymously to 74 social workers currently practicing in the United States. The major areas of inquiry included levels of hope and levels of burnout. Demographic characteristics of the participants were correlated with their reported levels of hope and burnout. Participants had higher-than-average scores on the Hope Trait Scale, and lower-than-average scores on the MBI-HSS. Hope scores correlated negatively with emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, and positively with personal accomplishment. Age and number of years worked were revealed to correlate positively with hope and negatively with burnout.




iv, 73 p. : col. ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-54)