The Impact of Professional Advocacy and Job Stress on Burnout in Professional School Counselors in Texas


Shanda Riley

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Spring 2018


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of professional advocacy and job stress on burnout in professional school counselors in Texas. One hundred and thirty professional school counselors in Texas participated in the study by completing an online survey in which they answered 8 demographic questions and questions from the Counselor Burnout Inventory (Lee et al., 2007), the School Counselor Self-Advocacy Questionnaire (Trusty & Brown, 2005), and the Job Stress Survey (Vagg & Spielberger, 1999). Responses from the online survey were used to examine the impact of professional advocacy and job stress on 5 burnout dimensions: exhaustion, incompetence, negative work environment, devaluing clients, and deterioration in personal life. Descriptive statistics, correlations, and a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) using the general linear model (GLM) procedure were used to analyze the research questions. Results of the study showed significant differences between the two professional advocacy groups for exhaustion, incompetence, and negative work environment dimensions of burnout. Significant differences were also found for the two job stress groups for all burnout dimensions except for devaluing clients.


Amir Abbassi

Subject Categories

Counseling | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences