Organizational predictors and health consequences of changes in burnout: a 12-year cohort study

Leiter, Michael P., Hakanen, Jari J., Ahola, Kirsi, Toppinen-Tanner, Salla, Koskinen, Aki and Väänänen, Ari 2013, Organizational predictors and health consequences of changes in burnout: a 12-year cohort study, Journal of organizational behavior, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 959-973, doi: 10.1002/job.1830.

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Title Organizational predictors and health consequences of changes in burnout: a 12-year cohort study
Author(s) Leiter, Michael P.ORCID iD for Leiter, Michael P.
Hakanen, Jari J.
Ahola, Kirsi
Toppinen-Tanner, Salla
Koskinen, Aki
Väänänen, Ari
Journal name Journal of organizational behavior
Volume number 34
Issue number 7
Start page 959
End page 973
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 0894-3796
Keyword(s) burnout
Summary We investigated job burnout and job characteristics, including decision authority, skill discretion, predictability, and information flow, among Finnish forestry workers (N=4356) in a longitudinal study. We linked these responses individually with data on the participants' subsequent prescriptions for psychotropic drugs including antidepressants. We aim to study the antecedents of changes in burnout levels over four years time and their health-related consequences in an eight-year follow-up. The results showed that inconsistency among the levels of the Maslach Burnout Inventory subscales (e. g., high scores in exhaustion and low cynicism or vice versa) at baseline identified patterns that were prone to change in burnout four years later. Information flow predicted the direction of this change for the exhaustion and cynicism aspects of burnout, whereas skill discretion and predictability did so for reduced professional efficacy. Change toward burnout predicted future risk of psychotropic drug use. It seems that adverse changes in burnout are influenced by poor organizational resources, and change toward burnout is likely to elevate the risk of poor mental health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/job.1830
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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