The Dimensionality of the Maslach Burnout Inventory across Small Business Owners and Educators

James S. Boles, Dwane H. Dean, Joe M. Ricks, Jeremy C. Short, Guangping Wang

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Abstract

This study tested the dimensionality of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) by comparing three factor structures (i.e., a one-factor structure, a three-factor structure, and a higher order factor structure) in two diverse samples. The comparison of the LISREL measurement models was extended by a series of measurement invariance tests. Additionally, constructs related to burnout had a pattern of correlations to the three MBI dimensions that was similar across the two samples. In aggregate, the analyses suggested that the three-factor structure of the MBI is the most plausible model. By using a sample of small business owners, the current research contributed to existing knowledge on the MBI by establishing the dimensionality and generalizability of the MBI beyond human service occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-34
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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