The factors predisposing social workers to burnout in the social services organizations of the Eastern Cape

Ramphele, Thamaga Zacharia (2005) The factors predisposing social workers to burnout in the social services organizations of the Eastern Cape. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This work was based on an investigation of the subject of burnout, as observed by the researcher among social workers that worked for various social services organizations - both Government Departments and Non-Governmental Organizations - based in the Eastern Cape Province. The study of burnout was conducted with the aim to obtain information from the respondents about their conditions at work, and how those conditions contributed, as alleged, to burnout experienced by them. A qualitative research method was used as an approach that the researcher found best in that it allowed for an in-depth probe into the circumstances of the respondents (including the attitudes and emotions of the respondents), to give a broad picture of the situation as experienced by the respondents at work. A qualitative method was handled through the exploratory research principle of sampling and gathering of data, as the researcher felt it a sufficiently appropriate route to help yield the required outcomes of the study. The researcher's motivation to pursue the research was prompted by several indicators which included an article in the Daily Dispatch of 26 August 2003 that wrote 'Social workers quit in droves' and some personal contact with graduated students of social work, recently employed as social workers in various settings. Interesting dynamics about social work practice and its frustrations surfaced, and out of that premise, the researcher felt that it was an opportune moment to carry out an investigation to discover the facts about burnout as experienced by social workers. The findings on the research would be published, and the researcher intended to inform the social work community about the outcomes of research, hoping that the information would become useful to them in curtailing or preventing future encounters of burnout as experienced by them at the work place. In other words, recommendations for solutions would be provided based on the findings as an outcome of that investigation. To allow for the success of the research process, the researcher planned to draw from several resource centers and other researchers' data, any valuable piece of information, record, or existing data that could assist in evaluating information that became available during data collection. Such information was seen as very important since it helped in making the data analysis process easier and more than enough information could thus be obtained. Finally the researcher had found the study quite fascinating in that it addressed human concerns in the form of social work issues at work, which the researcher personally considered important and shared as one of the issues affecting social work professionals.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Burn out, Psychology, Social workers, Job stress, South Africa, Eastern Cape
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Social Development (closed end 2003)
Supervisors:Clark-McLeod, Peter and Froneman, Petro
ID Code:4030
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:12 Nov 2012 08:38
Last Modified:12 Nov 2012 08:38
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