The effects of a month-long sabbatical program on helping professionals of nonprofit human service organizations in South Korea: Burnout, general health, organizational commitment, and the sense of well-being

Chulhee Kang, Miok Kim, Jongeun Lee

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the effects of a month-long sabbatical program for helping professionals of nonprofit human service organizations in South Korea. To investigate the effects of a monthlong sabbatical program, eight helping professionals who took a month-long paid sabbatical were compared to eight matched professionals in a comparison group experiencing equivalent work conditions. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected separately before and after the intervention and the results were converged. Findings from the quantitative data analysis showed that the program decreased the level of burnout and increased the level of general health, organizational commitment, and sense of well-being; the findings were validated by the qualitative analysis results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-45
Number of pages26
JournalAdministration in Social Work
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan

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Funding Information:
nonprofit human service organizations that was financially fully supported by the JungBu Foundation. Each participant was encouraged to use one month’s paid leave and do anything he or she plans to do while on leave. In addition, financial support of $1,500 was provided to be used with discretion by his/her organization—a maximum of $1,000 was allowed to be spent on employing temporary workers or offering incentives for the participant’s colleagues to take over his/her responsibilities, and a maximum of $500 was allowed for a participant to use for activities while on leave.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Administration

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