Burnout among the addiction counseling workforce: the differential roles of mindfulness and values-based processes and work-site factors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although work-site factors have been shown to be a consistent predictor of burnout, the importance of mindfulness and values-based processes among addiction counselors has been little examined. In this study, we explored how strongly experiential avoidance, cognitive fusion, and values commitment related to burnout after controlling for well-established work-site factors (job control, coworker support, supervisor support, salary, workload, and tenure). We conducted a cross-sectional survey among 699 addiction counselors working for urban substance abuse treatment providers in six states of the United States. Results corroborated the importance of work-site factors for burnout reduction in this specific population, but we found that mindfulness and values-based processes had a stronger and more consistent relationship with burnout as compared with work-site factors. We conclude that interventions that target experiential avoidance, cognitive fusion, and values commitment may provide a possible new direction for the reduction of burnout among addiction counselors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vilardaga, R; Luoma, JB; Hayes, SC; Pistorello, J; Levin, ME; Hildebrandt, MJ; Kohlenberg, B; Roget, NA; Bond, F

Published Date

  • June 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 323 - 335

PubMed ID

  • 21257281

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3081943

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6483

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.11.015


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States