"Work-life Balance, Social Support and Burnout: A Quantitative study of Social Workers."

SELWYN STANLEY, Anand Jerard Sebastine

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Stress in social work is frequently experienced by practitioners and is attributed to a range of work related factors. This study explored the manifestation of burnout, perceived social support and work-life balance in 73 social workers in two cities in south India. A cross-sectional quantitative design was used. Data were collected based on survey methodology and three standardised instruments were administered to assess the manifestation of our key variables. Multiple regression analysis was used to identify the predictors of burnout.
Results indicated high levels of burnout and low levels of social support and work-life balance in respondents. No significant differences were seen on the key variables of the study based on selected sociodemographic factors. Both social support and work-life balance were extracted as significant predictors of burnout.
We suggest that issues related to burnout and compassion fatigue are key aspects that need to be incorporated within the social work curriculum in educational programmes in India. A focus on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, the importance of self-care in maintain good health and wellbeing are key elements that need to be emphasised. We make use of the literature to offer suggestive measures that can be taken to enhance the provision of social support, maintain better work-life balance and reduce the incidence of burnout in social work practitioners. This will in the long run bode well for the mental health and wellbeing of the professionals besides ensuring better quality of service provision to the community that they work with.
Key words: Social Workers, Social Work Practice, Burnout, Social Support, Work-life Balance, Work Stress
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1155
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social Work
Issue number6
Early online date20 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2023


  • Social Workers
  • Social Work Practice
  • Burnout
  • Social Support
  • Work-life Balance
  • Work Stress


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