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Title: The burnout syndrome and associated personality disturbances. The study in three graduate programs in Dentistry at the University of Barcelona
Author: Alemany Martínez, Aurelia
Berini Aytés, Leonardo
Gay Escoda, Cosme
Keywords: Síndrome d'esgotament professional
Educació superior
Trastorns de la personalitat
Burn out (Psychology)
Higher education
Personality disorders
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2008
Publisher: Medicina Oral SL
Abstract: Objective: Determine the presence of"burnout" syndrome and characteristic personality patterns in the students and faculty of three graduate programs in Dentistry at the University of Barcelona: Department of Oral Surgery and Implantology, Department of Orthodontics and Department of Integrated Dentistry. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out in 78 dentists. The level of"burnout" was evaluated using the Maslach Burnout Inventory, socio-demographic variables and, finally, the personality test. Results: Oral surgeons constituted the group of highlevel"burnout". The profile of an individual with a propensity to"burn out" is a single man, with a median age of 27, that is in the first years of the graduate program and that combines studies with 30 hours of clinical practice and/or other work (p<0,05). Narcissistic and borderline are the types of personality most frequently found in the individuals that present"burnout" syndrome (p<0,05). Conclusions: In general, no high levels of"burnout" were registered in the studied population, only 2-3%, if applying strict definition of"burnout", and 10% if these criteria were amplified. We believe it is necessary to identify the individuals with a tendency towards"burnout", in order to establish preventive measures and avoid future negative behaviour at work as well as at the personal level.
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It is part of: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugia Bucal, 2008, vol. 13, num. 7, p. 444-450
ISSN: 1698-4447
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