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The experience of burnout among future construction professionals: a cross-national study


  • Helen Clare Lingard
  • Brenda Yip
  • Steve Rowlinson
  • Thomas Kvan


A survey of undergraduate students in Australia and Hong Kong revealed that a specially adapted version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (the MBI-SS) possesses good internal consistency reliability among construction students. A three-component model of student burnout, comprising emotional exhaustion, cynicism and personal efficacy was supported in both the Australian and Hong Kong samples. Burnout levels among construction students were similar to those reported in previous non-construction student samples. Both Australian and Hong Kong construction students reported higher personal efficacy than non-construction students. Australian students expressed considerably higher cynicism in relation to their university education than the Hong Kong students. The three dimensions of burnout were differentially correlated with work, study and socio-economic variables. In Australia, student burnout was associated with a perceived tension between paid work and study. In Hong Kong, the demands of study and concern with the economy were significant correlates of student burnout.

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  • Helen Clare Lingard & Brenda Yip & Steve Rowlinson & Thomas Kvan, 2007. "The experience of burnout among future construction professionals: a cross-national study," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(4), pages 345-357.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:25:y:2007:i:4:p:345-357
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190600599145

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