Do demographic characteristics make a difference to burnout among Hong Kong secondary school teachers?

Patrick S.Y. Lau*, Man Tak Yuen, Raymond M C CHAN

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    Abstract

    This study aims to investigate the relationship between teachers' demographic variables and burnout in Hong Kong using the Maslach Burnout Inventory. It is found that when compared with the North American normative data, Hong Kong teachers scored in the average range of burnout in emotional exhaustion and personal accomplishment while they scored in the low range of burnout in depersonalization. Gender differences were found in all three burnout syndromes, and teachers who were younger, unmarried, without religious beliefs, less experienced, without finishing professional training and of junior rank were more consistently burned out. Whereas age was the strongest predictor for emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, teachers' rank is the best predictor for personal accomplishment. However, the effect of demographic characteristics of teachers on burnout is not that salient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-516
    Number of pages26
    JournalSocial Indicators Research
    Volume71
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Social Sciences(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Burnout
    • Demographic
    • Hong Kong teachers
    • MBI

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