Sense of coherence and burnout among school psychologists: The moderating role of loneliness

Sivan George-Levi, Tomer Schmidt-Barad, Inbal Natan, Malka Margalit*

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School psychologist have been considered at a high risk for developing work burnout due to their multiple responsibilities, overload and engagement in caring for children, families and professionals. In line with the salutogenic approach, the aim of the current research was to investigate protective and risk factors to burnout. Research has indicated that sense of coherence (SOC) may act as a protective factor. Studies reported that loneliness has been found a risk factor that may advance burnout. The current study hypothesized that loneliness may moderate the link between SOC and burnout. In a sample of 104 Israeli school psychologists, demographic aspects such as the gender, years of experience, or type of school in which they work did not predict the burnout, focusing on the importance of emotional aspects. The analysis demonstrated that the SOC was negatively associated with burnout among low or mean levels of loneliness, but not among psychologists with high levels of loneliness. The current study provides a new insight into the burnout risk, through the focus on personal resources and social perceptions. Implications for theoretical and practices are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2390-2397
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Burnout
  • Coping
  • Loneliness
  • School psychologists
  • Sense of coherence


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