On the association between humor and burnout

Laura Talbot, D. Barry Lumden

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Abstract

Using a mail-out questionnaire, this study investigated the association between humor and the three dimensions of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment). For the sample of 192 nursing faculty living in northern Texas, humor was used as a coping strategy in stressful situations. Tenure status showed a strong association to increase humor usage. Differences between high versus low users of humor were compared. High users of humor reported lower emotional exhaustion and depersonalization with a high sense of personal accomplishment as compared to low users of humor. The association between humor and the dimensions of burnout showed a positive correlation between humor and personal accomplishment, a negative correlation was observed between humor and depersonalization. These results suggest that when humor is used as a coping mechanism there is a reduction in depersonalization and an increased sense of personal accomplishment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-428
Number of pages10
JournalHumor
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
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On the association between humor and burnout. / Talbot, Laura; Lumden, D. Barry.

In: Humor, Vol. 13, No. 4, 01.01.2000, p. 419-428.

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Talbot, Laura ; Lumden, D. Barry. / On the association between humor and burnout. In: Humor. 2000 ; Vol. 13, No. 4. pp. 419-428.
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