Masters Thesis

Burnout in academia: assessing students for burnout and stress at a four-year univesity

Previous research examined the connection between stress and burnout and the prevalence of burnout in occupational settings. The present study assessed the prevalence of burnout in students within an academic institution. It also looked at the relationship perceived stress has with burnout and how perceived social support and resource utilization influence that relationship. Participants were asked to complete a survey that assessed for academic performance, perceived stress, perceived social support, and burnout. The results of this study indicate that undergraduate students are experiencing burnout comparable to those in an occupational setting. They also indicate that higher perceived stress and lower perceived social support are related to higher perceived burnout. Contrary to predictions, perceived social support and resource utilization were not found to moderate the relationship between perceived stress and burnout. Future research might focus on other potential moderator variables (e.g., motivation) and their influence on burnout in order to identify protective factors that reduce stress and burnout in students.