Making sense of burnout: A reflexive thematic analysis of how teachers in England discuss and encounter the term burnout.
Soames, M. and Willis, M. 2023. Making sense of burnout: A reflexive thematic analysis of how teachers in England discuss and encounter the term burnout. Qualitative Health Research. In Press.
|Authors||Soames, M. and Willis, M.|
Despite extensive research looking at the phenomenon of burnout, little is known about how individuals working in traditionally high-burnout occupations understand the term. Interviews were conducted with six teachers working in state schools in England centring on how the term burnout was understood and how it was used or encountered. Reflexive thematic analysis was employed from a critical realist perspective to analyse the data generated. All participants described burnout as a stress related condition, yet for some participants the point at which stress became burnout was unclear leading to an understanding that burnout was the point at which one was unable to work. Many participants highlighted an individualistic understanding of burnout, perceiving it as representing an individual deficit rather than an organisational failing. This was often reinforced by where the term was encountered (at work or in the media), and was linked to the stigma many participants associated with burnout. This paper concludes that individualistic framings of burnout obscure its organisational determinants while reinforcing notions that mental well-being is something which should be personally – and privately – managed by individuals.
|Keywords||Burnout; Occupational Health; Education; Teaching; Teachers; Work stress; Thematic analysis|
|Journal||Qualitative Health Research|
|Journal citation||In Press|
|Accepted author manuscript|
Making sense of burnout A reflexive thematic analysis of how teachers in England discuss and encounter the term burnout (AM).pdf
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|Accepted||04 Sep 2023|
|Deposited||19 Sep 2023|
|Copyright holder||© 2023, The Authors|
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Accepted author manuscript
|Making sense of burnout A reflexive thematic analysis of how teachers in England discuss and encounter the term burnout (AM).pdf|
|License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0|
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