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1st Edition

Burnout at Work
A psychological perspective

ISBN 9781848722293
Published April 28, 2014 by Psychology Press
182 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The psychological concept of burnout refers to long-term exhaustion from, and diminished interest in, the work we do. It’s a phenomenon that most of us have some understanding of, even if we haven’t always been affected directly. Many people start their working lives full of energy and enthusiasm, but far fewer are able to maintain that level of engagement. 

Burnout at Work: A Psychological Perspective provides a comprehensive overview of how the concept of burnout has been conceived over recent decades, as well as discussing the challenges and possible interventions that can help confront this pervasive issue. Including contributions from the most eminent researchers in this field, the book examines a range of topics including:

  • The links between burnout and health
  • How our individual relationships at work can affect levels of burnout
  • The role of leadership in mediating or causing burnout
  • The strategies that individuals can pursue to avoid burnout, as well as wider interventions.

The book will be required reading for anyone studying organizational or occupational psychology, and will also interest students of business and management, and health psychology. 

Table of Contents

1. Overview, Leiter Bakker Maslach.

2. Burnout and Health

Kirsi Ahola & Jari Hakanen.

3. Individual Strategies to Prevent Burnout

Evangelia Demerouti.

4. The Good and Bad of Working Relationships

Arla Day & Michael P. Leiter.

5. Daily Burnout Experiences

Despoina Xanthopoulou & Laurenz L. Meier.

6. The Influence of Constructive and Destructive Leadership Behaviors on Follower Burnout

Kimberley Breevaart, Arnold B. Bakker, Jørn Hetland & Hilde Hetland.

7. Multilevel Models of Burnout

 Jonathon R. B. Halbesleben & Matthew R. Leon.

8. Interventions to Prevent and Alleviate Burnout

Michael P. Leiter and Christina Maslach

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Michael P. Leiter is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Psychology Department at Acadia University, Canada.

Arnold B. Bakker is Professor in the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Christina Maslach is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.


"Edited by three leading figures in the field, this timely volume provides an overview of new and emerging perspectives on burnout. It will provide practitioners and professionals with an accessible volume on the state of play in the field, whilst also providing an opportunity to consider issues of practice and intervention." - Philip Dewe, Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

"This book brings together a set of excellent chapters that summarize state-of-the-art knowledge on burnout. It provides a well-balanced combination of more traditional and more novel topics, covering research findings, research methods, and intervention approaches. This book is an excellent resource for all who want to learn more about burnout!" - Sabine Sonnentag, Department of Psychology, University of Mannheim, Germany