Analysis of occupational burnout utilising Maslach inventory: a case study of Turkish male seafarers

Ugurlu O., YILDIZ S., AYDIN M., Aydin T., Kaptan M., Wang J.

MARITIME POLICY & MANAGEMENT, vol.48, no.8, pp.1124-1137, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03088839.2020.1843725
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, EconLit, Environment Index, Geobase, Metadex, PAIS International, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, DIALNET, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1124-1137
  • Keywords: Seafarers, Maslach burnout, occupational burnout, occupational continuity, working conditions, DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY, EDUCATORS SURVEY, JOB, WORK, LIFE
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This study examined the relationship between seafarers' levels of occupational burnout and demographic characteristics. Within the scope of the study, a survey was conducted with 303 male Turkish seafarers. Using the Maslach Burnout Inventory, seafarers' burnout levels were examined in three dimensions: emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and personal accomplishment. According to the results, there was no statistically significant difference between the three burnout levels and seafarers' age, the status of having children, education, the type of duty on the ship, the total working time, and monthly income. On the other hand, there was a statistically significant difference between the depersonalisation scores and marital status and personal accomplishment scores by ship type. The results indicate that the demographic characteristics of seafarers have a very limited impact on occupational burnout. The emotional exhaustion score was 47.51%, the depersonalisation score was 42.48%, and the personal accomplishment score was 45.43%. There may be many reasons for this, but the most likely is that the profession creates a serious burnout for everyone, regardless of their educational status, monthly income and marital status.