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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/cpp

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Empathy And Professional Burnout Of Russian And Belarusian Teachers

Medvedskaya E.I., PhD (Psychology), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology, Brest State University named after A.S. Pushkin, EMedvedskaja@mail.ru
Sheryagina E.V., Аssociate Рrofessor at the Сhair of Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, Moscow, Russia, sheryagina@gmail.com
Abstract
The paper presents the results of a cross-cultural study of empathy and professional burnout of Belarusian and Russian teachers. Interpersonal Reactivity Index by M. Davis (IRI) and Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) were used. The absence of statistically significant differences in the level of empathy and burnout of teachers in a cross-cultural context was shown. Socio-economic features of the functioning of the two countries’ educational systems can explain non-significant trends of the cross-cultural differences in the severity of burnout symptoms. Both in the Russian and Belarusian sample the relationship between emotional exhaustion as a symptom of burnout and personal distress as a “negative” empathic phenomenon was found. Significant correlations between the severity of burnout and “positive” empathic phenomena (perspective taking, fantasy, empathic concern) have not been found. This paper was prepared with the financial support of joint project “Development of empathy in socionomic professions” by Russian Foundation for Humanities (grant No.15-26-01007) and Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research (grant No. G15R-028).

Keywords: empathy, Interpersonal Reactivity Index, Maslach Burnout Inventory, professional burnout, personal distress, emotional exhaustion, cross-cultural study

Column: Special topic: “The problem of empathy in modern culture”

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2017250204

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