New directions in burnout research

Evangelia Demerouti, Arnold B. Bakker, Maria C.W. Peeters, Kimberley Breevaart

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Burnout is a phenomenon that has received considerable research attention in the past 50 years. As such, there is advanced knowledge on its prevalence, conceptualization, predictors, and outcomes. Although the literature has advanced, research on burnout is still topical. Burnout originated in the seventies but remains a contemporary problem because of persistent environmental stressors and challenges for employees and organizations as a whole. The current special section aims to stimulate knowledge on unresolved issues by bringing together contributions related to 1) the role of cognition in burnout research, 2) the development of burnout over time, 3) contextual antecedents of burnout, and 4) the prevention of and recovery from burnout. It is our hope that we will see more high-quality research and evidence-based practice related to burnout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-691
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Burnout
  • cognitive impairment
  • conceptualization
  • job demands–resources theory
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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