Burnout prevention through personal growth

Dirk van Dierendonck, B Garssen, A Visser

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This study evaluated the effects of a burnout prevention program based on
insights from transpersonal psychology, notably psychosynthesis. It examined the effects of the program on burnout, happiness, spirituality, emotional
intelligence, and relative deprivation with respect to one’s career. Thirtyeight individuals, mostly with a background in engineering, participated in a
10-day program over 3 months. A comparison group of similar age and work
experience was recruited of colleagues from the same firms and departments.
Both groups filled out questionnaires at 3 time points: before the start of the
program, immediately after the program (3 months later), and 9 months
later. Results showed that a psychosynthesis-based prevention program
might be an effective instrument in reducing burnout and enhancing happiness, emotional intelligence, and feelings of spirituality.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)62-77
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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