Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert W. Waymer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joyce M. Goosby, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examined whether first responders in Metropolitan Atlanta experience burnout, taking in consideration factors such as primary role at work, gender, age, marital status, length of employment as a First Responder, and perceived awareness of OSHA regulations in regards to burnout. Participants of the study were comprised of 108 first responders in Metropolitan Atlanta, which included police officers, emergency mediqal services personnel (EMS), crisis line workers, fire fighters, that were selected utilizing non-probability purposeful sampling among the target population. In sum, first responders in Metropolitan Atlanta experience moderate (64.2%) to high (35.8 %) levels ofjob burnout. When demographic characteristics were taken in consideration, such as primary role at work, gender, age, marital status, and length of employment as a First Responder, there was no statistically significant relationship established.

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