Examining the association between burnout and temperament and character traits of preschool teachers

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Sibel Yoleri

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 The purpose of the current study is to investigate the relationships between the temperament and character traits and burnout dimensions among preschool teachers. In total, 130 preschool teachers participated in this study. All participants were asked to complete the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI), and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). Findings indicate a positive association between emotional exhaustion and persistence. On the other hand, there is a negative significant correlation between emotional exhaustion and self-directedness. Study results conclude that there is a positive significant relationship between depersonalization and self-directedness, and finally, a positive association between personal accomplishment and harm avoidance. Multiple regression analysis was employed to examine the predictive effect temperament and character traits displayed on the burnout dimensions. According to the results of the study, novelty seeking and reward dependence were significant predictors of the emotional exhaustion burnout dimension. In this research, the findings indicate that temperament and character traits is not significantly correlated with depersonalization. Results illustrate that the harm avoidance temperament and character trait is the predictor factor that has specific effect on personal accomplishment.

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