The Big Five and Burnout among Teachers: the Moderating and Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy

Agnieszka Zawadzka , Maciej Kościelniak , Anna Zalewska


The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between Big-Five personality traits, perceived self-efficacy (GSES) and dimensions of occupational burnout in accordance with Christina Maslach’s three-factor burnout model (emotional burnout, depersonalization, perceived lack of own accomplishments). Data collected among 271 teachers (82% female) aged 20–68 confirmed findings from previous research that four personality traits (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness) are correlated with burnout and that they are significant predictors for all dimensions of burnout. In addition, it was shown that GSES plays a moderating role as a buffer that protects people with high levels of neuroticism from a sense of lack of own accomplishments. It was also found that GSES plays a mediating role for the relationship between Extraversion, Conscientiousness and Neuroticism and perceived lack of own accomplishments and that it is a suppressor for the relationship of neuroticism with emotional exhaustion. The results are discussed in the context of personality theories and their possible applications.
Author Agnieszka Zawadzka
Agnieszka Zawadzka,,
, Maciej Kościelniak
Maciej Kościelniak,,
, Anna Zalewska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Anna Zalewska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishbig five, burnout, teachers, self-efficacy
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)15
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.232
Citation count*3 (2020-12-04)
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