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that the relative number of stressful experience with patients was not related to

personality. A stepwise regression analysis revealed that Neuroticism was the sole

significant predictor of feelings of exhaustion, accounting for 13 % of the variance.

Analysis also showed that three personality factors, Neuroticism, Extraversion, and

Autonomy (or Openness) significantly predicted 17 % of the variance in

depersonalization. Neuroticism had the largest positive beta weight, making it the

largest contributor, followed by negative beta weights for Extraversion and Autonomy

(Openness). A stepwise regression analysis also showed that Extraversion and

Neuroticism were independent and significant predictors of personal accomplishment

with Extraversion having the largest positive beta weight followed by a negative beta

weight for Neuroticism, accounting for 19 % of the variance in this burnout dimension.

Those who score low in Neuroticism and high in Extraversion may be better suited for

volunteer positions in human services and those who score higher in Neuroticism and

lower in Extraversion may benefit from coping skills training in working in this

environment. The researchers concluded that certain personality traits may act as burnout

buffers for the known risk factors in human service work.

Summary

The growing interest in the counseling profession has generated a concern that

counselor education programs admit students qualified to enter the profession (Lumadue

& Duffey, 1999). This concern extends to Christian programs as well, as people who

embrace the Christian faith may have a strong desire to counsel others but lack the

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