Emotional Exhaustion in Graduate Students: The Role of Engagement, Self-Efficacy and Social Support

Julaine Rigg, Jonathon Day, Howard Adler
2013 Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology  
Graduate students, particularly those based in research intensive universities are susceptible to exhaustion. The study utilized a quantitative approach to test the impact of student engagement, self-efficacy, and social support on college students' emotional exhaustion. A hierarchical regression approach was used for analysis. Findings demonstrated that students who were engaged, and self -efficacious were less exhausted from their studies. Social support especially from advisors was important
more » ... isors was important in helping students cope with emotional exhaustion. Additionally, student engagement proved to be important as it partially mediates the advisor support-exhaustion relationship while fully mediating the self-efficacy-exhaustion relationship. Implications and suggestions for institutions of higher learning regarding intervention strategies to mitigate the exhaustion and burnout process were discussed.
doi:10.5539/jedp.v3n2p138 fatcat:ze2hcdjuvnaijlsgikwd75c3vi