Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Kelsey Merlo, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Brenton Wiernik, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Fallon Goodman, Ph.D.


Emotion Episodes, Emotional Exhaustion, Job Demands-Resources


A widely studied construct, burnout is a chronic disease that is considered to develop over time (Maslach et al., 2001). Burnout has been related to a number of pertinent outcomes including increased job turnover, decreased job satisfaction, and poor mental and physical health outcomes (Ahola, 2007). However, little work has yet to be done concerning the role burnout may play in the appraisal of work events and the subsequent psychological construction of emotional episodes. The current study addresses the tension between the chronic affective dysregulation associated with burnout and the acute construction of an emotional episode. Results support the idea that individuals experiencing burnout appraise events as more goal incongruent than those who are not experiencing high levels of burnout. Additionally, those high in burnout are more likely to choose an avoidance emotion regulation strategy to cope with stressful work events. This work can highlight critical intervention points for mitigating the development of burnout. A number of theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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