Burnout in college student volunteers: A cross-level study.

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Abstract

Burnout in college students is an issue of concern. It adversely affects the learning of students as well as their overall health and well-being. However, little attention has been paid to burnout in college students who donate their time as volunteers in services to their community. This study examined both individual and group factors correlating with burnout among college students who regularly participated in volunteer services. The subject sample consisted of undergraduate students in a mid-sized private university located in southern Taiwan. The sample consisted of 28 groups of students affiliated with different departments within the university. Questionnaires were provided to the 28 groups, and responses were received from 22 of the 28. A total of 340 valid responses were received. The questionnaire included the following sections: burnout, emotional intelligence, team innovation climate, negative affect, core self-evaluation, subjective workload and demographic information. The results showed a significant prediction of subjective workload on burnout, and they showed that emotional intelligence moderated the relationship between subjective workload and burnout. Furthermore, the findings also revealed that positive team innovation climate helped to alleviate burnout feeling. In conclusion, this study expands our understanding of burnout issues among college students by focusing on volunteerism and reveals that enhancing emotional intelligence and fostering team spirit are essential for ameliorating burnout for college student volunteers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • College Students
  • Health
  • Learning
  • Stress
  • Volunteers
  • Well Being
  • burnout
  • college students: learning
  • overall health
  • volunteer services
  • well-being

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  • Yueh-Tzu Kao

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