The purpose of this study was to examine the phenomena of burnout and self-care as experienced by long-term anti-war activists. The current investigation of burnout and self-care was carried out using a qualitative transcendental phenomenological approach developed by Clark Moustakas. Interviews were conducted with eight adult men and women who had been active in the anti-war movement for at least ten years. The data collection consisted of in-depth interviews with open-ended questions regarding participants' experience of self-care and burnout in the process of anti-war activism.
Findings reveal that participants experienced burnout and self-care in much the same way as other professions. Participants experienced burnout within the following themes: stress, frustration and exhaustion; inner and outer pressure and responsibility; body shut-down; betrayal and isolation; and depression and grief. These activists experienced self-care within the following themes: enrichment of soul; satisfaction and celebration; great love and healing; awareness and keeping balance; deep understanding; and belief, enthusiasm and inspiration. In addition, the research uncovered the irony that while anti-war activism causes burnout at times, this same activism plays a critical role in self-care for the activist. Furthermore, findings lend support to previous studies of the experience of anti-war activists. Future research on this topic is suggested in several areas.
|School:||California Institute of Integral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Peace Studies, Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Activist, Anti-war, Burnout, Self-care|
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