Abstract

Burnout syndrome has had a long history in the public arena of professionals dedicated to the care of the elderly. Objective. In this study, we aim to understand the influence of various socio-demographic variables on work-related wear of professionals in public residences. Method. The sample consists of 136 workers of both genders, aged between 18 and 60, who carry out direct care and psychosocial management tasks. The instruments applied were the burnout inventory by Maslach & Jackson (1986), and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) by Goldberg & Hillier (1979). Results. Our results point to the existence of differences by sex in emotional fatigue as well as in burnout in general; and by work seniority (specifically, in personal fulfillment; and in burnout in general). These results will reinforce the need to strengthen the resilience of interdisciplinary professional teams aimed at protecting the health of working people in terms of occupational risk prevention.

Keywords: Burnout, Sex, Age, Age in the profession, Elderly care