Need for Cognition and burnout in teachers - A replication and extension study

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Burnout has become more prevalent, mainly in social jobs, and there is evidence that certain personality traits protect against burnout. Only recently, studies have focused on investment traits like Need for Cognition (NFC), the stable intrinsic motivation to seek out and enjoy effortful cognitive activities. This study had three aims: First, the replication of findings by Grass et al. (2018), who investigated NFC and the burnout subscale reduced personal efficacy in student teachers, in a sample of 180 teachers. Second, investigating the role of perceived demands and resources in the context of NFC and burnout. And finally, creating an exploratory model for further research. The results indicated that unlike the student sample, the teachers’ association of NFC and reduced personal efficacy was mediated by self-control but not reappraisal. Teachers with higher NFC and self-control also had lower burnout because they experienced their resources as fitting to the demands.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022

External IDs

PubMed 36386251
Scopus 85142270770
ORCID /0000-0002-9426-5397/work/141543199
ORCID /0000-0003-2892-884X/work/142240934