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Psychological capital, subjective wellbeing, burnout and job satisfaction amongst educators in the Umlazi region.

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The current study aimed to explore the positive aspects of Psychological Capital (PsyCap) and attempted to explain how the psychological resources inherent in PsyCap can aid against the negative effects of Burnout in educators in the Umlazi Region of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The general objective of this research study was to explore the relationship between PsyCap, Subjective Wellbeing, Burnout and Job Satisfaction. The study used a quantitative research design and was conducted using the Positive Psychology framework. This study made use of the Conservation of Resources Theory as its theoretical framework. Convenience samples (n=103) were taken of educators across four educational institutions in the Umlazi Region. The Psychological Capital Questionnaire; Satisfaction with Life Scale; Oldenburg Burnout Inventory; and Minnesota Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (short form) were administered to the participants. The results confirmed that there were statistically and practically significant relationships between PsyCap, Subjective Wellbeing, Burnout and Job Satisfaction. The results revealed that Subjective Wellbeing was a statistically significant predictor of PsyCap. It also indicated that PsyCap and Subjective Wellbeing were both statistically significant predictors of Burnout. The results confirmed that the relationship between Subjective Wellbeing and Burnout was mediated by Psychological Capital (PsyCap).


Thesis (M.Soc.Sc.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2012.


Job satisfaction--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Positive psychology--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Burn out (Psychology)--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Educators--Job satisfaction--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Quality of work life--KwaZulu-Natal--Durban., Theses--Industrial psychology., Well-being--Psychological aspects.