Perceptions of positive contributions and burnout in community developmental disability workers

Yona Lunsky, Richard P. Hastings, Jennifer Hensel, Tamara Arenovich, Carolyn S Dewa

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Research on staff supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) tends to focus on negative aspects of the work. This study expanded on previous research on the positive consequences that work in the IDD field has on staff using a brief version of the Staff Positive Contributions Questionnaire with 926 staff. Factor analysis suggested two factors: General positive contributions and Positive work motivation. Positive work motivation was associated with high levels of personal accomplishment, but shared limited variance with the other two burnout dimensions (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization). Findings lend support to the idea that we need to consider both positive and negative aspects of work life. This brief scale may be a useful index of how staff benefit from their work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-257
Number of pages9
JournalIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Staff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Community and Home Care
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)


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