Historical perspective of "Burn-Out" among residence hall directors in the State of Wisconsin
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The purpose of the study was to determine the level of "burn-out" being experienced by residence hall directors in the state of Wisconsin through the use of survey methods. There was also an historical investigation into the history of housing and its implications for "burn-out." The study consisted of a pilot instrument and a final instrument for wider distribution. The pilot sample consisted of the eleven residence hall directors at the University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse. The questionnaire consisted of twenty questions asking for demographic information and responses to items concerning how affected they felt by "burn-out" as a result of their job responsibilities. There was a 100 percent response rate from this pilot instrument. The questionnaire in its final form consisted of six questions. Four questions concerned demographic information and called for short answer responses. Question 5 asked the respondents to break down their responsibilities as a hall director in four specific areas (Administrator, Counselor, Disciplinarian, Educator) according to percentage of time spent performing job responsibilities. Question 6 consisted of a list of twenty factors considered to contribute to "burn-out", using a Leikert scale with "5" being greatly affected and "1" being not at all affected the respondents were asked to rate the twenty items as they applied to their job. The final survey was distributed to 137 residence hall directors in the state of Wisconsin. 103 surveys were returned for a response rate of 76 percent. The results of the survey were organized and analyzed in two ways. Two discriminant analyses were performed on the data to determine the significance of the differences between the responses of the hall directors from the private and public universities and colleges and also to determine the significance of the differences of the responses among the four identified roles of a residence hall director. Neither of the discriminant analyses were found to be statistically significant. Several individual variables were found to be highly significant and a t-test and lest squared difference (LSD) procedure were performed on the data to determine where the significance exists.
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