Perry Publishes Hobby-Job Study in Applied Psychology
Is too much of a good thing - too much? Sara Perry, assistant management professor, tries to answer a similar question as it relates to careers in a recently published article, "An Exploratory Study of Factors that Relate to Burnout in Hobby-Jobs."
"So many people wish they could "do what they love" for a living," Perry said. "Who wouldn't want to get paid to fish or fly or practice yoga? I got the inspiration for this study after seeing so many people burn out after pursuing this dream. So this study explores the factors that lead to burnout among people in "hobby-jobs."
The article, which appeared in "Applied Psychology: An International Review," was written in coordination with Sabrina Volpone from Temple University and Cristina Rubino from California State University - Northbridge.
In the study, the team explored the relationships among job demands, internal resources and burnout in individuals with hobby-jobs, jobs created from a hobby. They examined four job demands (variety, constraints, time spent on hobby, hobby/job similarity) as precursors for three identified dimensions of burnout (iemotional exhaustion, cynicism, professional efficacy).