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Utbrändhet bland präster i Svenska kyrkan

Petré, Martin LU (2013) RBEX02 20131
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Abstract
This paper focuses on the connection between priests in the Church of Sweden and the psychological condition of burnout. There is evidence that shows that as a society goes through major changes there is an increase of burnout-related issues and problems. Personal factors for this state include stress induced by work – or family situations as well as genetics and personality.

In Sweden, women are more affected by burnout than men, and priests are more affected than any other occupational group. For this paper, a series of interviews were conducted with individuals who have come into contact with priests diagnosed with ‘adjustment disorders and reactions due to severe stress’. This was then compared, among others, with Lennart Belfrages... (More)
This paper focuses on the connection between priests in the Church of Sweden and the psychological condition of burnout. There is evidence that shows that as a society goes through major changes there is an increase of burnout-related issues and problems. Personal factors for this state include stress induced by work – or family situations as well as genetics and personality.

In Sweden, women are more affected by burnout than men, and priests are more affected than any other occupational group. For this paper, a series of interviews were conducted with individuals who have come into contact with priests diagnosed with ‘adjustment disorders and reactions due to severe stress’. This was then compared, among others, with Lennart Belfrages investigation on the same subject. With this as background, a number of possible causes are identified. Organizational problems with old structures, management issues, and a steadily decreasing number of employees and members are mentioned as believable reasons. There is also a concern whether priests more often than others possess a confirmation-seeking personality, which would make them more impressionable to stress in an already uncertain line of business.

I give some suggestions of possible actions to prevent further burnout-related problems for priests of the Church of Sweden. Some of these areas are management education, clearer job descriptions, and the move towards a realistic approach to assessment of service structures for when an activity changes. (Less)
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Petré, Martin LU
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organization
course
RBEX02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Utbrändhet, Utmattningssyndrom, Burnout, Präster, Priests, Stress, Svenska kyrkan, Church of Sweden, Kvinnliga präster, Arbetsmiljö, Psykisk hälsa, Belfrage
language
Swedish
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3813511
date added to LUP
2013-06-18 15:27:06
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2015-12-14 13:36:11
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  abstract     = {This paper focuses on the connection between priests in the Church of Sweden and the psychological condition of burnout. There is evidence that shows that as a society goes through major changes there is an increase of burnout-related issues and problems. Personal factors for this state include stress induced by work – or family situations as well as genetics and personality.

In Sweden, women are more affected by burnout than men, and priests are more affected than any other occupational group. For this paper, a series of interviews were conducted with individuals who have come into contact with priests diagnosed with ‘adjustment disorders and reactions due to severe stress’. This was then compared, among others, with Lennart Belfrages investigation on the same subject. With this as background, a number of possible causes are identified. Organizational problems with old structures, management issues, and a steadily decreasing number of employees and members are mentioned as believable reasons. There is also a concern whether priests more often than others possess a confirmation-seeking personality, which would make them more impressionable to stress in an already uncertain line of business.

I give some suggestions of possible actions to prevent further burnout-related problems for priests of the Church of Sweden. Some of these areas are management education, clearer job descriptions, and the move towards a realistic approach to assessment of service structures for when an activity changes.},
  author       = {Petré, Martin},
  keyword      = {Utbrändhet,Utmattningssyndrom,Burnout,Präster,Priests,Stress,Svenska kyrkan,Church of Sweden,Kvinnliga präster,Arbetsmiljö,Psykisk hälsa,Belfrage},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Utbrändhet bland präster i Svenska kyrkan},
  year         = {2013},
}