Occupational Burnout, Tolerance for Stress, and Coping Among Nurses in Rehabilitation Units Academic Article uri icon


  • The relation of problem-solving confidence, perceived tolerance, and situation-specific coping efforts to occupational burnout was examined among nurses in physical rehabilitation units. Consistent with predictions, confidence in one's ability to handle problems and perceived tolerance were significantly predictive of lower burnout scores, regardless of time spent on the job. Of the coping variables, emotion-focused coping was significantly associated with higher burnout scores. Post-hoc inspection of self-reported coping activities generated in response to a thought-listing probe indicated that some coping efforts (e.g., taking time off from work, confronting a supervisor) could be construed as symptoms of burnout, according to theoretical conceptualizations. Implications for contemporary notions of burnout and psychosocial interventions with rehabilitation staff are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Rehabilitation Psychology

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, T. R., Shewchuk, R., Hagglund, K., Rybarczyk, B., & Harkins, S.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Elliott, Timothy R||Shewchuk, Richard||Hagglund, Kristofer||Rybarczyk, Bruce||Harkins, Stephen

publication date

  • January 1996