Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Best Practices for Managing Burnout in Attorneys
by Salmons, Ilona, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2017, 199; 10606092
Abstract (Summary)

Attorneys in the United States suffer from higher-than-average rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Although these facts are widely accepted, at the time of the study, there was no consensus in the legal or research communities as to the cause of these alarming statistics. The combination of behavioral and psychological distress experienced by attorneys may suggest that burnout is a contributing factor. This study examined the relationship between workplace stressors and professional burnout. The literature review summarized recent and landmark studies in the field, as well as explored characteristics unique to the legal profession that were putting attorneys at risk. In an effort to understand the best practices that reduced instances of burnout in practicing attorneys, the phenomenological study asked participants about their experiences as an attorney, as well as the practices they employed to mitigate professional stress. The research findings supported the literature review and resulted in important implications for law firms, bar associations, law schools, and practitioners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Madjidi, Farzin
Commitee: Fraizer, Lani, Miramontes, Gabriella
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Law, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Attorney, Burnout, Engagement, Lawyer, Occupation, Stress
Publication Number: 10606092
ISBN: 978-0-355-20622-7
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