Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

Document Type



Social work can be an extremely gratifying profession. However, social workers who are exposed to graphic realities related to vulnerable and traumatized individuals and families may experience challenging workload demands and increased levels of burnout. To best understand and support these key human service workers, it is important to investigate variables influencing levels of burnout. In this study, the author examined whether specific individual worker characteristics contribute to burnout among child welfare workers in Louisiana. Characteristics were compared to individual variables such as job tenure, agency department, supervisor/front line worker, and educational background. The Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) was completed by 434 Louisiana Child Welfare workers. Overall, the OLBI did find that LADCFS child welfare workers were burned out, however results were examined to determine which workers were burned out. Tenure, Education or Assigned unit had no significance on the level of burnout workers experience. Researcher also found that Supervisors reported a higher level of burnout than front line workers.



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Committee Chair

Allen, Priscilla

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Social Work Commons