Examination of Work Environment Factors Relating to Burnout Syndrome of Early Childhood Educators in Greece
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Early childhood education is a profession which requires the professional staff to spend considerable time in intense involvement with other people. The pressure from the demands this profession has can create a sense of physical and emotional exhaustion that often leads to burnout. Thus, previous research has linked perceptions of the work environment to burnout. Despite the fact that burnout was identified as a serious concern in the childcare profession over 20 years ago, limited research has been undertaken into the field of burnout in early childhood educators in Greece. The present study, employing the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educators Survey and the Parents and Staff subscale of the Environment Rating Scale Self-assessment Readiness Checklist, aims to examine whether there is correlation between the levels of burnout reported by Greek early childhood educators and the level to which the setting meets their needs. Research data suggest that the subscales predict one another whereas only partial correlations were found among the "Emotional Exhaustion" and "Depersonalization" subscales and the ratings in the Parents and Staff subscale.