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Vol 2, No 2 (2005)
Research paper
Published online: 2005-05-13
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Burnout syndrome among caregivers of children suffering from epilepsy

Mariusz Siemiński, Anna Nitka-Siemińska, Hubert Wichowicz, Edyta Drzazga, Małgorzata Meresta, Ewa Pilarska, Walenty M. Nyka
Psychiatria 2005;2(2):87-92.

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Vol 2, No 2 (2005)
Prace oryginalne - nadesłane
Published online: 2005-05-13

Abstract

Burnout syndrome is a condition of physical and mental exhaustion resulting from chronic exposure to negative emotions. Subjects involved in helping others for a long time (e.g. doctors, nurses, caregivers etc.) are at risk of developing burnout syndrome. The aim of this study was to assess the intensity of the burnout syndrome among caregivers of children suffering from epilepsy. We assessed 99 caregivers of children. They were asked to fill in the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Beck’s Depresion Index. We have found no symptoms of depression in any of the caregivers. There is a positive correlation between time passed from the diagnosis, age of the child , age of the caregiver and the level of emotional exhaustion. Subjects taking care of a child lonely, without any familial support had higher results in subscales of emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation. They were also characterised by lower self-esteem as well.

Abstract

Burnout syndrome is a condition of physical and mental exhaustion resulting from chronic exposure to negative emotions. Subjects involved in helping others for a long time (e.g. doctors, nurses, caregivers etc.) are at risk of developing burnout syndrome. The aim of this study was to assess the intensity of the burnout syndrome among caregivers of children suffering from epilepsy. We assessed 99 caregivers of children. They were asked to fill in the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Beck’s Depresion Index. We have found no symptoms of depression in any of the caregivers. There is a positive correlation between time passed from the diagnosis, age of the child , age of the caregiver and the level of emotional exhaustion. Subjects taking care of a child lonely, without any familial support had higher results in subscales of emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation. They were also characterised by lower self-esteem as well.
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Keywords

caregivers; burnout syndrome; epilepsy

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Title

Burnout syndrome among caregivers of children suffering from epilepsy

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 2, No 2 (2005)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

87-92

Published online

2005-05-13

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2005;2(2):87-92.

Keywords

caregivers
burnout syndrome
epilepsy

Authors

Mariusz Siemiński
Anna Nitka-Siemińska
Hubert Wichowicz
Edyta Drzazga
Małgorzata Meresta
Ewa Pilarska
Walenty M. Nyka

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