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Exploring causes of principal burnout

Kathryn S. Whitaker (University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 March 1996


Describes a qualitative study on causes of principal burnout. Aims to ascertain causes of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment in the principalship. Nine principals depict how the principalship has changed and describe elements of their jobs that lead to burnout, as well as reasons for not wanting to continue in the principalship despite intrinsic rewards associated with the job. Discusses several implications including the need for more support systems, greater professional development opportunities, and the need to prepare principals better for the realities of the job.



Whitaker, K.S. (1996), "Exploring causes of principal burnout", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 60-71.




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