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.
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