Prevalence and Sources of Burnout in Singapore Secondary School Physical Education Teachers

Smith, Daniel; Leng, Goh Wai
January 2003
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jan2003, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p203
Academic Journal
Physical education teachers have received little attention in the literature on burnout. This study assessed the burnout levels of secondary school physical education teachers in Singapore and identified some specific work conditions related to burnout. The Work Environment (WE) questionnaire (Fejgin, Ephraty, & Ben-Sira, 1995), administered to 74 Singapore physical education teachers, measured the relationship between burnout and four theoretical dimensions: psychological (PD), structural-physical (SPD), social (SD), and bureaucratic (BD). The level of burnout was assessed by a burnout inventory compiled by Pines and Aronson (1981). A bivariate correlation established the relationship between burnout and the four dimensions. Multiple regression determined the relationship between burnout and the demographic data. It was found that physical education teachers in Singapore experienced only moderate levels of burnout. They perceived BD, PD, and SD to be significant contributors. However, there was no significant relationship between the demographic data (age, gender, race, marital status, position, years of teaching, and educational level) and burnout among teachers.


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