Re: Burnout

Mon, 29 Jan 1996 20:47:58 -0600 (CST)

Hello -

Forgive for my junking up your mailboxes w/the whole exchange, but my VAX is
getting more and more ornery by the day, and I _think_ it will send this. FYI,
I've done some stuff on teacher burnout, which led to generally examining the
"helping professions" literature, and found it sorely lacking in any
constructivist perspectives. Harry, as is often the case, has suggested a
"mega" question re burnout and stress. A.J. Zolten has been working on a
constructivist model of stress for the past couple of years. A.J., if you're
out there, can you jump in here??

Anyone else?

>From: IN%"" 29-JAN-1996 02:25:41.19
>Subj: RE: Burnout
>>Hello to everyone,
>>happy new year to all. A colleague of mine Ross Colquhoun is interested in
>>researching burnout in mental health workers/ counsellors of the "mentally
>>ill"- from a PCP perspective. Can people make some suggestions or provide some
>>references. - Lindsay Oades - Wollongong
> And a happy new year to you too. Surely there is an abundance of
>riches here, and the only problem is to sort out 'stress' from sensible
>adaptation. I have seen a lot of the latter in what gets called 'burnout',
>and engage in a lot of it (I do not "suffer" from it!) myself. When I
>reviewed a book on 'academic burnout' more than a decade ago I said
>something like "in one of its aspects, 'burnout' is what happens when newly
>proletarianised professionals learn the tricks of disengagement from
>work-commitments suddenly made unrewarding that members of the exploited
>classes of longer standing have known and practiced for ages". Personal
>disengagement from the job is common because most work is stultifying
>drudgery and it is much better to tie one's self-definition to activities
>that ARE intrinsically rewarding. That's survivor-rationality! How's that
>for a construct?
> Harry Oxley
>Harry Oxley