Original Research

Sense of coherence, coping and burnout of pharmacists

M. Basson, S. Rothmann
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 5, No 1 | a2664 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v5i1.2664 | © 2018 M. Basson, S. Rothmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2018 | Published: 31 March 2002

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M. Basson, Human Resources Department, S. Buys Pharmacy Group, South Africa
S. Rothmann, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, South Africa

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People in almost any occupation could develop burnout. The objective of this research was to determine the relationship between sense of coherence, coping and burnout in a corporate pharmacy group. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The study population consisted of 67 pharmacists. The Maslach Burnout Inventory, Orientation to Life Questionnaire and COPE were administered. The results showed that sense of coherence is significantly related to emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and personal accomplishment. Regarding coping strategies, mental disengagement was positively related to emotional exhaustion and depersonalisation, while positive reinterpretation and restraint coping were positively related to personal accomplishment. Sense of coherence and coping strategies explained 44 per cent, 35 per cent and 41 per cent of the variance in emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and personal accomplishment respectively.


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