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COVID Burnout: A New Phenomenon?

Pidgeon, Dylan (2021) COVID Burnout: A New Phenomenon? Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a range of issues and concerns for individuals. The fear of a potentially fatal disease, isolation, quarantine, being out of work and various restrictions have seen a steady increase in psychological distress. Contemporary research indicates that a specific type of burnout due to COVID-19 (COVID Burnout) is prevalent in the general population. As such, the present study aimed to investigate whether it was prevalent in this sample and to what extent. Furthermore, this study investigated if COVID Burnout (CB) could be mitigated using renowned and empirical supported variables that have previously decreased levels of burnout: resilience, social support, and optimism. The effects of CB on gender were also studied. A total of 145 participants completed questionnaires relating to CB, resilience, social support, and optimism as well as demographic variables. Results from a multiple regression analysis displayed that optimism, social support and resilience together predicted CB, however only optimism significantly predicted CB independently. Subsequently, a Mann Whitney U test revealed that women suffered from higher levels of CB than their male counterparts. Moderate levels of CB were also reported within the sample. Optimal interventions to increase optimism and interventions modelled to decrease burnout are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 14:15
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:47

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