AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Staff decision-making power and burn-out: implications for health education

by Joy Esther Carlson

Institution: California State University – Northridge
Department: Department of Health Science
Degree: M.P.H.
Year: 1979
Keywords: Decision making – Psychological aspects; Dissertations, Academic  – CSUN  – Health Science
Record ID: 1545240
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/123869


This exploratory study focused on four small non-profit, grassroots health/social service agencies and their staffs, in terms of specific organizational variables and burn-out. The three organizational variables in this study were: decision-making, development, and self-control. Burn-out was measured by emotional exhaustion, negative feelings, and job satisfaction. The hypothesis explored in this study was: those agencies in which staff have decision-making power, development opportunities and self-control within -their jobs will experience less burn-out than staffs which do not have decision-making, development, and/or self-control opportunities. An attempt was made to involve agencies with different organizational structures. (See more in text.)