Introduction:Ichoose this article because in class we had talked about burnout. Right now Iwork as a direct support professional at Integrated Life Choices so I thoughtit would be interesting to learn about the burnout of direct support workers.Along with burnout this article talked about prosocial motivation and stress. Literature Discussion: The article collected data about the effects of stress onburnout by having direct support workers taking a survey.
Exploring the role ofprosocial motivation of stress and burnout in the role of the direct supportworker is the major objective. Resulting in “Prosocial motivation significantlymoderated the association of emotional exhaustion (EE) and role boundary stresswith depersonalization (DP),” (Hickey, R. 2014). Direct support workers help with outcomes of individuals, withplaying this role it can lead to high turnover rates and bad services.
The methods used included: design,participants, and procedures. Design was used to “test the moderating effectsof prosocial motivation on the association between stress and burnout” (Hickey,R. 2014). There were participants from sixteen agencies that participated inthis survey, from these agencies 1570 completed the form that ranged fromfull-time and part-time.
The procedure to get the survey out was the managersand direct support employees distributed them. The survey was measured out alonggender, educational attainment and tenure. There were two purposes of thisstudy. “First, we sought out to understand the directeffects of occupational stress on burnout, controlling for a range of personaland work-related factors. Second, by introducing the concept of prosocialmotivation into the study of stress and burnout, we tested the potentialmoderating effects of this positive characteristic of the direct supportworkforce.” (Hickey, R. 2014) The results came up as that therelationships between direct support works and people that they support is aleading impact on stress and burnout in the direct support profession. Reflection: What surprised me most was that, “direct supportworkers in this study reported relatively low levels of burnout compared withother human service sectors.
” This is because I know how it feels in thisprofession to feel burnout. Reading all the tables was the most difficult thingabout the article. There is a lot of information that the article collected. Isee this information being helpful in the future for me because it talks aboutthe relations of prosocial motivation, stress, and burnout amongst directsupport workers. All these relate to the field I am in now as a direct supportprofessional. With working so much I feel stressed and burnout a lot, but nowthat I’ve looked at this article it shows me that I am not the only one. Thereare many people who feel this way.
This article is related to class becauseduring class we have talked about burnout.