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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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BOCK, Vivien Rose  and  SARRIERA, Jorge Castellá. Operative group as intervention resource in the Burnout Syndrome. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.1, pp. 31-39. ISSN 1413-8557.

The objective of this study is to check the changes in Burnout levels in teachers through the operative group technic. The investigation of the research follows a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. The sample was composed by teachers from fifth to eighth grade in a private school of Porto Alegre. They were divided in two groups, the control one and the experimental one with 12 teachers. The MBI (Maslach Burnout Inventory) was used to measure the Burnout Syndrome. After the application of first test in all teachers, 9 meetings were held using the operative group technic with the experimental group and later on, all answered the test again. In the quantitative analysis the results confirmed the hypothesis of having a change in the Burnout level, as well as their dimensions: emotional exhaustion, professional accomplishment and depersonalization. In the qualitative part of the study, through the subject analysis and the group process, it was concluded that the professional awareness and the social support among teachers as strategies to prevent and face the Bornout Syndrome are important.

Keywords : Burnout; Group Psychotherapy; Stress.

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