Job involvement, job stress, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment and the burnout of correctional staff

Marie L. Griffin, Nancy L. Hogan, Eric G. Lambert, Kasey A. Tucker-Gail, David N. Baker

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In an era in which rising costs, shrinking budgets, and personnel shortages are common, it is increasingly important to provide a positive work situation to ensure worker stability. Research indicates that job burnout is a negative response that is harmful to the employee and to the organization. Depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and feeling a lack of accomplishment at work are all dimensions of job burnout. This study examined the association of job involvement, job stress, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment with burnout among correctional staff. The findings highlight the significance of these variables in relation to burnout. Specifically, job satisfaction had an inverse relationship with emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a sense of reduced accomplishment at work, whereas job stress had a significant positive relationship with depersonalization and emotional exhaustion. Job involvement also had a positive association with emotional exhaustion, whereas commitment to the organization had no relationship with any of the three dimensions of burnout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-255
Number of pages17
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010



  • Correctional staff
  • Job burnout
  • Job involvement
  • Job satisfaction
  • Job stress
  • Organizational commitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

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