Management of Stress, Pleasure, Suffering and Burnout at Work

César Martins de Paiva, Kely ; António C Santos, José


This study sought to identify and analyse the relationships between burnout syndrome, occupational stress and pleasure and suffering at work from young Brazilian workers’ perspective. The research was conducted with a probabilistic sample of younger employees living in São Paulo, Brazil, who returned 493 valid questionnaires. The data were submitted to exploratory factor analysis, followed by structural equation modelling. The results highlight stress symptoms’ influence on defensive strategies, which in turn directly enhance pleasure and reduce suffering at work. Pleasure and suffering are both positively and negatively related to burnout dimensions.


Burnout syndrome; Occupational stress; Organisational behaviour; Pleasure and suffering at work;
Young worker

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