Job control and burnout across occupations

Toon W. Taris, Arnold B. Bakker, Wilmar B. Schaufeli, Jeroen Stoffelsen, Dirk Van Dierendonck

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Researchers have reported that, for individual workers, low job control is associated with high burnout; however, as yet it is unclear whether this association holds for occupations as well. Whether differences in job control between occupations as assessed by eight expert judges could account for individual-level and occupational-level differences in burnout rates. Data were obtained from 9,503 incumbents of 28 occupations in The Netherlands (M age = 37.9 yr., SD = 8.7; 50% were men). Burnout was measured on the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Occupational-level job control was inversely correlated with burnout, explaining 16% of the variation in occupational-level burnout. Thus, between-occupation differences in job control are some-what systematically related to burnout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-961
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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