Burnout among Portuguese pastoral ministers

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Burnout has been recognised as an occupational risk but also an indicator of organisational conditions and adjustment. This paper explores the role of personal, psychological, and professional experience factors in pastoral burnout compared to burnout in other caring professions. Using a set of questionnaires, data were collected from 64 pastoral ministry members, 192 elder care assistants and 258 teachers. Pastoral ministry members showed lower exhaustion and higher satisfaction with future security. Additionally, burnout symptoms were related to depression and stress. When compared with other groups, pastoral ministry members revealed lower levels of burnout. The results are discussed, and suggestions for further studies are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-90
Number of pages15
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023


  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Pastoral ministries
  • Stress
  • Wellbeing


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