Date of Award

5-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to determine if there was a significant relationship between job burnout and social support systems among social workers employed in a VA hospital setting. To obtain this objective the researcher examined job burnout in relation to two key social support systems (Le., emotional and practical support). The researcher also explored the impact of demographic predictor variables on the relationship.

An exploratory descriptive research design was used in this study. A self administered questionnaire was given to 42 VA hospital social workers employed in 4 VA medical centers located in the Southeast region of the United States. Bivariate analysis was computed using Pearson's r correlations. The study found that there was a significant relationship between job burnout and emotional support among social workers employed in a V A hospital setting.

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