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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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GOMEZ-RESTREPO, Carlos; RODRIGUEZ, Viviana; PADILLA M, Andrea C  and  AVELLA-GARCIA, Claudia B. Teachers, their Environment and Burnout Syndrome (PBS) in Public Schools in Bogota (Colombia). rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2009, vol.38, n.2, pp.279-293. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Despite the high prevalence and importance of burnout syndrome among tea-chers, it has rarely been studied in Colombia. Objective: To document and describe the following as they relate to burnout syndrome in three public schools in Bogotá: characteris-tics of the typical teaching environment, characteristics of student-teacher relations, the degree of well-being and personal satisfaction felt by teachers, as well as the diffculties they face on the job. Methods: A crosssectional study was employed at three public schools in Bogotá. Teachers were evaluated via the Maslach Inventory for Burnout and a ques-tionnaire encompassing sociodemographic, personal, and professional factors. Results: 343 out of 367 possible teachers completed the questionnaire resulting in a 93.4% response rate. The prevalence of burnout among this population was 15.6%. A factorial analy-sis of the questionnaire defned 5 categories of infuence: work environment, personal satisfaction, work diffculties, working with problem students, and self-knowledge. Complaints related to work environment and work diffculties were the most common and more than 70% of survey-takers did not feel prepared to work with students possessing physical, mental or sensory handicaps. Some associations between these issues and the presence or absence of burnout syndrome were established. Conclusion: Burnout syndrome is a common occurrence among teachers in Bogotá stemming from a number of factors. Mental health interventions aimed at improving student-teacher interactions are required to enhance the overall quality of our educational system.

Keywords : Faculty; professional burnout; job satisfaction; working environment; working conditions.

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