Vol 9, No 2 (2008): Practical Diabetology
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Burnout syndrome in parents of children with diabetes mellitus type 1

Anna Nitka-Siemińska, Małgorzata Myśliwiec, Jerzy Landowski, Anna Balcerska, Bogumił Wolnik
Diabetologia Praktyczna 2008;9(2):76-81.


INTRODUCTION. Burnout syndrome is a prolonged reaction to persistently acting stressors, which are related to particular functions. It consists of three elements: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and diminished estimation of personal achievements. The study aimed at preliminary assessment of the incidence of burnout syndrome among parents of children with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. 56 parents of children with type 1 diabetes mellitus were enrolled in the study. Each of the examined parents filled up a specially designed structuralized background questionnaire and a modified Maslach Burnout Inventory questionnaire.
RESULTS. According to Maslach Burbout Inventory following results were obtained: on the sub-scale of emotional exhaustion (MBI 1) - 17.1 ± 8.8 points, on the depersonalization sub-scale (MBI 2) - 6.2 ± ± 5.6 points and on the personal accomplishment sub-scale (MBI 3) - 26.5 ± 6.8 points.
CONCLUSIONS. Taking care of diabetic patient may lead to burnout syndrome. Programs of professional psychological help for child suffering from type 1 diabetes mellitus should also include patient’s closest family members.

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