Public Primary Schools, Teachers, Burnout, North Cyprus
In recent years, the concept of burnout is being experienced, especially in vocational groups that have very close relations with people like teachers and health system workers. Burnout manifests itself in many ways, such as the feeling of self-exhaustion, diminished willingness to go to work, negative attitudes towards people, feeling self-worth, and not being appreciated. When the burnout syndrome is not taken into consideration, it can cause many negative results and has the potential to affect many people in undesired levels. Therefore, it is important to measure it regularly with scientific methods. In this way, it will be possible to take necessary measures before reaching uncontrollable levels. The aim of this study is to measure burnout levels of teachers working in public primary schools of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Besides, it will be investigated whether burnout levels differ according to teachers' gender, school type and seniority. In order to collect data, a personal information form and Maslach Burnout Inventory developed by Maslach was used to measure burnout levels of teachers. The population of the study consists of 1353 teachers working in the public primary schools during 2017-2018 academic year in North Cyprus. The sample consists of 1200 teachers selected using the stratified sampling method. A total of 922 questionnaires was collected. Due to missing or incomplete information 26 of them were not taken into consideration and as a result, 896 questionnaires were used for statistical data analysis. In the light of the data obtained as a result of the statistical analyzes, suggestions were presented to guide the authorities and policy makers who are responsible for improving the working conditions of teachers working in primary schools.