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The prevalence of emotional exhaustion in professional and semiprofessional coaches

Lundkvist, E, Gustafsson, H, Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818, Hjälm, S and Kalén, A (2022) The prevalence of emotional exhaustion in professional and semiprofessional coaches. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

The present study examined levels of emotional exhaustion, a key symptom of burnout, in Swedish professional and semiprofessional sport coaches in comparison to the normative values specified in the Maslach Burnout Inventory manual (MBI; Maslach, Jackson & Leiter, 1996) as well as in comparison to the clinical cut-offs developed by Kleijweg et al. (2013). The sample contained 318 Swedish coaches (M age = 42.7 years, 12% female) working at least 50% full time from both team (60%) and individual (40%) sports. Our study shows that in general coaches in this sample experience lower average levels of exhaustion than normative samples both regarding the MBI and clinical cut-offs. Two groups of coaches did, however, stand out. Coaches living in single households as well as coaches working part time had higher risk of severe levels of emotional exhaustion. These results place coach exhaustion levels in relation to other occupations and highlight that in this sample the coaching profession does not stand out as more emotionally exhausting than other occupations.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0039
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5876

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