Burnout and Stress in the Context of Professional Health in Military Personnel

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Abstract

The paper presents and discusses outcomes of a study on the social psychological correlates of professional health in armed forces personnel. The study revealed corre- lations between indicators of mental strain (burnout and stress symptoms), on the one hand, and personality traits and social demographical status of the subjects, on the other hand. The paper describes various approaches to the study of professional health, focuses on the concept of professional health itself, and shows how burnout and stress are related to job performance in individuals. The levels of burnout in the subjects were assessed with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), while the general level of distress was measured with the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Personality traits of the subjects were assessed with a number of psychological questionnaires.

General Information

Keywords: health psychology, professional health, mental strain, burnout, stress, mental resources, personality traits

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Zelenova M.E., Zakharov A. Burnout and Stress in the Context of Professional Health in Military Personnel. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2014. Vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 50–70. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Marina E. Zelenova, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Science, Member of the Russian Psychological Society and scientific experts in the field of psychology and psychotherapy of traumatic stress, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6921-976X, e-mail: zelenmar@rambler.ru

Alexander Zakharov, head of the Center for Psychological Services of the Russian Armed Forces, Moscow, e-mail: z-alex69@yandex.ru

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