Burnout in de werkende bevolking.Resultaten van de Maastrichtse Cohort Studie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235


Burnout among the working population. Results of the Maastricht Cohort Study

Burnout among the working population. Results of the Maastricht Cohort Study

IJ. Kant, N.W.H. Jansen, L.G.P.M. van Amelsvoort, D.C.L. Mohren & G.M.H. Swaen, Gedrag & Organisatie, volume 17, February 2004, nr. 1, pp. 5-17.

The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of burnout among the Dutch working population in a large study sample. Data of the Maastricht Cohort Study on Fatigue at Work (N=12,140) were analyzed. This study shows that burnout has a one-year incidence of 6.1% and is highly prevalent (16.4%) among the working population, and is strongly associated with both objective situational job and family characteristics and health status. However, burnout appeared to be associated with organizational aspects as well. Our approach of comparing prevalences between different groups, based on a large study sample, is suitable for detecting and describing possible risk groups for burnout. Furthermore, this study shows large differences in the prevalence of burnout, both between companies within one occupational sector and between departments within one company. It is concluded that the detection of burnout risk groups should be based on (objective) job and family characteristics and health, rather than solely on occupation.


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