Social Indicators Research

, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 169–177 | Cite as

Burnout and Wellbeing: Testing the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory in New Zealand Teachers

  • Taciano L. Milfont
  • Simon Denny
  • Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Elizabeth Robinson
  • Sally Merry


The Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) is a public domain questionnaire measuring the degree of physical and psychological fatigue experienced in three sub-dimensions of burnout: personal, work-related, and client-related burnout. This study first examines the reliability and validity of the CBI in measuring burnout in New Zealand secondary school teachers, and then the relationship between burnout and wellbeing among this population. The CBI had acceptable reliability (internal consistency and homogeneity) as well as factorial and criterion-related validity. As expected, burnout was negatively related to wellbeing measures (wellbeing index, school connection, and perceived general health). The findings indicate that this burnout questionnaire is a valid instrument to use with New Zealand secondary teachers, and also highlight the potential impact of burnout on the health and wellbeing of teachers.


Burnout Wellbeing Copenhagen Burnout Inventory Secondary school teachers New Zealand Validity Reliability 



This research is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (grant 05/216), the Department of Labour, Families Commission, Accident Compensation Corporation, Sport and Recreation New Zealand, the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand and the Ministries of Youth Development, Justice and Health. We thank the participating teachers and schools for their contributions to this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taciano L. Milfont
    • 1
  • Simon Denny
    • 1
  • Shanthi Ameratunga
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Robinson
    • 2
  • Sally Merry
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Section of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Department of Psychological MedicineUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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