A study of bilingual therapist experiences of language, training, and burnout
Clouse, Stephanie Dawn
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Bilingual (Latino/a and Asian American) therapists (n = 130) completed an online survey assessing language variables, training variables, and experiences of burnout. Burnout was measured by sing the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach & Jackson, 1981) which breaks burnout into the progressive elements of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. Results indicated that no significant correlation existed between therapist age, sex, specialized training, second language fluency, or therapist comfort working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients and burnout. A predictive discriminant analysis revealed that age and sex, taken together as a collective construct, predicted membership in the high/medium emotional exhaustion group. Implications for future research addressing language, training, and burnout experiences are discussed.