Social work, stress and burnout: A review


Date of publication:  12 Aug 2002 Publisher:  Journal of Mental Health

By assessing the social work literature, the article aims to determine if social workers face greater stress than other health professionals and what factors lead to stress and burnout among social workers. They concluded that it is hard to compare social workers with other fields, because most of the literature focused on anecdotes or compared social workers’ stress level with that of the general population rather than with that of comparable professions. The article therefore advocates for further research to analyze a greater range of potential factors of stress and for creating strategies that can alleviate stress, such as better team support and adding opportunities for supervision.

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