Organizational Climate and Burnout Among Home Visitors: Testing Mediating Effects of Empowerment




Eunju Lee, Nina Esaki, Jeehoon Kim, Rose Greene, Kristen Kirkland, and Susan Mitchell-Herzfeld

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Other Models


While a large body of literature exists regarding the negative effects of burnout among human service workers, less is known about the organizational strategies that may play a role in its reduction or prevention. Using data from a survey of 179 home visitors in a statewide voluntary child maltreatment prevention program, we use hierarchical regression and structural equation models (SEM) to examine the processes of burnout. We found significant direct effects of a positive organizational climate predicting lower levels of burnout as well as mediating effects of worker empowerment on burnout. Findings suggest that research and practice would benefit by focusing on improving the work environment and empowering workers. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Standardized assessment tools
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Lee, E., Esaki, N., Kim, J., Greene, R., Kirkland, K., & Mitchell-Herzfeld, S. (2013). Organizational climate and burnout among home visitors: Testing mediating effects of empowerment. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 594–602. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.01.011
Author Contact Information:
Eunju Lee


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