Burnout Theory (In Brief)

Burnout was first demonstrated theoretically by Maslach and Leiter in 1981). The most recent publication, the Maslach Burnout Inventory Manual provides the best source for those who seek a quick overview and examples of the survey itself. You can find it at Mindgarden.com

The MBI measures Burnout through:

  1. Emotional Exhaustion
  2. Depersonalization (Cynicism)
  3. Low Personal Accomplishment

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Maslach, C., & Jackson, S. E. (1981). The measurement of experienced burnout. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2(2), 99–113.
Maslach, C., Jackson, S., Leiter, M., Schaufeli, W., & Schwab, R. (2015). Maslach Burnout Inventory: Manual (Third Edition). Online: Mindgarden.com.