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COMMUNITY LIFE, APOSTOLATE, ORGANIZATION AND PROFESSION AS PREDICTORS OF BURNOUT AMONG CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN ABUJA ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE

Abstract

 Personal experience on the increasing cases of burnout among Catholic Priests has necessitated the present study to investigate whether Community Life, Apostolate, Profession and Organization could be predictors of burnout among Catholic Priests in the Eclesiastical Province of Abuja. In pursuance of the aforementioned objective, five research questions and six null hypotheses guided the study. The design adopted was a correlational survey. Subjects for the study consisted of 526 priests drawn from 598 Priests in ecclesiastical province of Abuja, made up of Abuja, Gboko, Idah, Katsina-ala, Lafia,Lokojo, Makurdi and Otukpo dioceses. The instrument used for collecting data was a questionnaire named “priest burnout questionnaire (PBQ)”. The instrument was validated by three experts in the field of guidance and counseling, Psychology and Measurement and Evaluation. Cronbach Alpha was used to determine the coefficient of internal consistency. The overall alpha coefficient was 0.95. The research questions and hypotheses were analyzed using mean, standard deviation, linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The findings of the study revealed among others that: Catholic Priests experience varying degrees of burnout. Priests experience emotional exhaustion seldomly, personal accomplishment often and depersonalization seldomly. Community life significantly predicted burnout among Catholic priests. Apostolate significantly predicted burnout among catholic priests. Profession was a significant predictor of burnout among priests. -Organization was a significant predictor of burnout among priests. Years of experience however is not significant in predicting burnout among catholic priests. Based on the findings, some implications were drawn. One of such is that the knowledge of how community life, apostolate, organization and profession could lead to burnout will help the Psychologist and Guidance Counsellor to identify the signs and symptoms of burnout among the priests. Recommendations were made which included that: the seminaries and religious communities should add to their curriculum, a treatise on stress and burnout management programme. This will go a long way to help the would-be-Priests to be aware of the existence of such syndrome and be on alert.

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Number of Pages92 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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