A recent article in the Journal of Athletic Training investigated the relationship between personality traits and self-reported burn-out among college trainers.
In short, Jessica Barrett from the University of Connecticut and her co-authors report that personality traits do not predict burnout to a significant extent. They used the Big 5 Personality Inventory to measure personality traits of some 100 college trainers. Only neuroticism shows a weak positive relationship with burnout. Agreeableness and extraversion, two other big traits do not affect self-reported level of burnout, i.e. a mental state that “occurs when work stresses become overwhelming”.
The article is interesting because it demonstrates how the Big 5 concept is used beyond Psychology. In recent posts I try to make a point for Behavioral Public Administration (BPA). Jessica Barrett and her co-authors provide us with an example from which PA researchers could learn from.
And they also provide us with a direct link between Sports Science and Public Administration: Namely they conclude that “organizational-level factors may play a greater role in determining burnout in athletic trainers than individual-level factors such as personality.” So now it is Organizations Science’s turn!
(Pictured above: Indiana Hoosiers Memorial Stadium, Bloomington IN)
Jessica Barrett, Christianne M. Eason, Rhyan Lazar, and Stephanie M. Mazerolle (2016) Personality Traits and Burnout Among Athletic Trainers Employed in the Collegiate Setting. Journal of Athletic Training: June 2016, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp. 454-459.