Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Katrina A. Burch (Director), Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt, and Reagan D. Brown

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


Burnout is a work-related phenomenon that is not bound to the work domain. As such, experiencing burnout can be particularly detrimental for employees because effects of burnout can spill over into other life domains. The present study serves to examine the burnout phenomenon; specifically, I examined the direct effect of daily job stress on perceptions of burnout, as well as explored daily work-related affective rumination as a mediating effect in the relationship between daily job stress and burnout. Work-related affective rumination is a mechanism that potentially helps to explain how buildup of daily job stress influences the development of burnout. Data were collected through daily diary surveys administered over 10 working days with a follow-up survey administered at a later time from full-time employees (N = 106) who worked outside the home. The results indicate that there is a positive relationship between daily job stress and perceptions of burnout. In addition, there was a full mediation of daily work-related affective rumination on daily job stress and perceptions of burnout over time. Understanding this relationship is important for organizations, as they should seek to foster a positive culture that encourages employees to develop coping skills that can aid in reducing stress and mitigate the development of burnout. Implications for research and practice are discussed.


Human Resources Management | Industrial and Organizational Psychology