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Assessing-emotional exhaustion among the Australian clergy: Internal reliability and construct validity of the Scale of Emotional Exhaustion in Ministry (SEEM)

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Francis, LJ, Kaldor, P, Shevlin, Mark and Lewis, CA (2004) Assessing-emotional exhaustion among the Australian clergy: Internal reliability and construct validity of the Scale of Emotional Exhaustion in Ministry (SEEM). REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS RESEARCH, 45 (3). pp. 269-277. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The concept of emotional exhaustion is central to understanding the phenomenon of burnout among those engaged in people-centred caring professions. The Scale of Emotional Exhaustion in Ministry (SEEM) was developed and tested on a sample of 4,370 Australian clergy who participated in the National Church Life Survey. This 11-item measure of emotional exhaustion was found to be unidimensional using confirmatory factor analysis. The scale was demonstrated to be reliable (alpha = 0.883) and construct validity was supported by means of correlations with other survey questions. In addition, the data demonstrated that emotional exhaustion was more prevalent among younger clergy than among older clergy, and more prevalent among clergy associated with some denominations than with other denominations. With such psychometric properties the Scale of Emotional Exhaustion in Ministry can be commended for further use, but with further psychometric evaluation desirable.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:2018
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:59
Last Modified:12 Mar 2012 16:44

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