HomePhilippine Journal of Counseling Psychologyvol. 19 no. 1 (2017)

Does Interdependent Happiness Lessen Burnout among Filipino Counselors?

Christine Joy A. Ballada | Niño Jose Mateo | Estesa Xaris Legaspi



Burnout is a serious concern among health service workers, particularly for counselors. Research has shown that higher levels of counselor self-efficacy are associated with lower levels of burnout. Similarly, happiness inversely predicts burnout. In an interdependent culture like the Philippines, however, the construal of happiness might be different from that of Western cultures. Thus, the consideration of interdependent happiness might better account for the level of burnout among counselors. This study hypothesized that interdependent happiness will predict counselor burnout, after controlling for the effects of counselor self-efficacy. A total of 229 practicing Filipino counselors completed the questionnaires on self-efficacy, interdependent happiness, and burnout. Results of hierarchical regression showed that interdependent happiness predicted personal burnout, work-related burnout, and client-related burnout, even after controlling for the effect of counselor self-efficacy. Results were discussed in light of how Filipino counselors can better equip themselves to prevent burnout in their practice.