Title page for ETD etd-07082009-090811

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Landeche, Patricia
Author's Email Address plande1@lsu.edu, landechepat@bellsouth.net
URN etd-07082009-090811
Title The Correlation Between Creativity and Burnout in Public School Classroom Teachers
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Elaine M. Maccio Committee Chair
Catherine M. Lemieux Committee Member
Daphne S. Cain Committee Member
  • social issues from burnout
  • health consequences
  • healing
  • teachers
  • creativity
  • burnout
Date of Defense 2009-06-24
Availability unrestricted
Landeche, Patricia, B.A., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1960

Master of Social Work, Summer Commencement, 2009

Major: Social Work

The Correlation Between Creativity and Burnout in Public School Classroom Teachers

Thesis directed by Assistant Professor Elaine M. Maccio

Pages in thesis 48. Words in Abstract 162.


Burnout of teachers in the public schools is affecting the quality of education the students are getting. Incorporating creativity into one’s life on a regular basis produces has the potential to heal both physical and emotional complaints. The hypothesis of this study is that there is a negative correlation between creativity and the intensity of the symptoms of burnout in teachers. An exploratory/descriptive study utilizing a non-experimental, cross-sectional design was used with a non-probability sample of 19 classroom teachers. A survey was given to public school classroom teachers in two schools in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. There were no correlations found between creativity and any of the aspects of burnout that were tested (i.e., emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment), perhaps due to the small sample size. However, there was a correlation between years of experience and depersonalization, one of the components of burnout (r = -.496, p < .05). More objective research still needs to be done, particularly longitudinal studies.

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