Convergence Study on the Relationship between Emotional Labor and Burnout in Early Childhood Teachers : The Buffering Effect of Goal-Focused Self-Regulation

유아교사의 감정노동과 직무소진에 있어 목표중심 자기조절의 완충역할에 대한 융합연구

  • Chung, Myung-Sun (Department of Counseling Psychology Education, Joongbu University)
  • 정명선 (중부대학교 교육대학원 상담심리교육전공)
  • Received : 2017.03.29
  • Accepted : 2017.06.20
  • Published : 2017.06.28


As part of the target-specific convergence study of welfare focusing on the relationships between emotional labor, burnout, and goal-focused self-regulation, this study was designed to examine whether goal-focused self-regulation of the early childhood teachers buffers in the relation between emotional labor and burnout. A total of 231 childcare teachers participated in this study and by responding to a questionnaire including measures of emotional labor, burnout, and goal-focused self-regulation. Moderated multiple regression through simultaneously entry was performed for analysis using SPSS (PASW) 18.0 and PROCESS Macro for SPSS. First, the results indicated that the level of emotional labor increase, burnout of the early childhood teachers also increase. Second, goal-focused self-regulation was found to have a protective function in terms of buffering the negative effect of emotional labor on burnout. Based on the results, this study suggests the importance of mental healthcare and the need for internal resources development such as self-regulation.


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