Occupational Burnout Levels of Turkish Imams

Kucuksuleymanoglu R.

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS RESEARCH, vol.55, no.1, pp.27-42, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13644-012-0057-2
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-42
  • Keywords: Imams, Burnout, Islam, Turkey, PAROCHIAL CLERGY, ENGLAND
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The main purpose of this study was to examine the level of occupational burnout among Turkish imams. The study was a descriptive one in which the data was gathered through the "Maslach Burnout Inventory" and the "Personal Information Form", which were given to 124 imams working in Bursa, Turkey. For the 124 imams with the study population comprised, 11 variables were examined. These variables were, marital status, age, educational level, length of service, working district, occupational difficulty, using computer technology, occupational research, part-time job, Arabic language, and size of community. For the statistical analysis of the collected data Kruskal-Wallis, t test, ANOVA chi(2), and Fisher's exact test were used. The results indicated that although there was no statistical difference between the education level, marital status, Arabic, and computer knowledge variables among imams in any of the subscales, there were significant differences on emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment subscales (p < 0.005) on age, length of service, workplace, occupational difficulty, part-time job, occupational research, and size of the community variables.