International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Investigation into the Relationship between Burnout and Coping Strategies among Teachers in Turkey
Assist. Prof. Dr. Birsen BAĞÇECİ, Prof. Dr. Zeynep HAMAMCI

The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between burnout and coping strategies among teachers in Turkey. Demographic Information Form, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the Problem Solving Inventory, and the Ways of Coping Inventory were administered to a sample of 159 teachers (79 male and 83 female) working at primary through high schools. It was found that the teachers experienced high levels of emotional exhaustion and personal accomplishment and used self-confident, searching social support, and optimistic coping strategies in coping stressful situations. Results showed that the helpless coping strategy was positively correlated with emotional exhaustion of teachers and was an important predictor of emotional exhaustion of teachers. This finding suggested that teachers with high emotional exhaustion endorsed a significantly more helpless coping strategy. The results indicated that the self-confident coping strategy was the significant predictor of personal accomplishment and negative correlation with personal accomplishment. In conclusion, the results of this study have demonstrated the important consequences of coping strategies on burnout levels of teachers.

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