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Exploring burnout in Australia’s Landcare Program: A case study in the Shepparton Region


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Byron, I and Curtis, A and Lockwood, M (2001) Exploring burnout in Australia’s Landcare Program: A case study in the Shepparton Region. Society and Natural Resources, 14 (10). pp. 901-910.

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The community Landcare program represents an important element of Australia’s
approach to sustainable development. However, there is increased concern about
burnout in volunteer Landcare participants. Until now, investigations of burnout in
Landcare had largely failed to draw on international literature relating to the
burnout concept. This article reviews findings from a regional case study of Landcare
participants that used a modified version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory
(MBI). Survey findings demonstrated that the modified version of the MBI was valid
and reliable. A small proportion of individuals were experiencing high levels of
burnout, and results indicate considerable potential for burnout to increase.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: burnout, community participation, Landcare, volunteers
Journal or Publication Title: Society and Natural Resources
Page Range: pp. 901-910
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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2009 22:53
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:56
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