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      Gender differences in the experience of burnout and its correlates among Chinese psychiatric nurses during the COVID‐19 pandemic: A large‐sample nationwide survey


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          Psychiatric nurses often experience burnout and other mental health symptoms. However, few studies have examined these phenomena and gender‐specific associated factors during the COVID‐19 pandemic. We surveyed a national sample of psychiatric nurses ( N = 8971) from 41 tertiary psychiatric hospitals in China as part of a large national survey conducted during the pandemic. The Maslach Burnout Inventory‐Human Service Survey was used to assess burnout and the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale‐21 was used to assess mental health symptoms. Binary logistic regression analyses were used to explore factors associated with burnout in the entire sample and separately by gender. The overall prevalence of burnout was 27.27%, with the rate in male psychiatric nurses (32.24%) being significantly higher than that in female psychiatric nurses (25.97%). Many key demographic factors (such as the male gender and marital status), work‐related variables (such as a mid‐level professional title, having an administrative position, longer working hours, more monthly night shifts, and the perceived negative impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on medical work) were significantly associated with burnout in the whole sample. Moreover, burnout was associated with depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms in the whole sample. Gender‐specific factors associated with burnout were also identified: burnout was associated with night shifts in male psychiatric nurses, whereas it was associated with single or married marital status, a mid‐level professional title, and having an administrative position among female psychiatric nurses. The high rates of burnout and mental health symptoms in psychiatric nurses need attention from hospital administrators. While mental health symptoms, longer working hours, and the perceived impact of COVID‐19 are associated with burnout in both genders, gender‐specific factors also warrant special attention when developing gender‐specific interventions.

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                Int J Ment Health Nurs
                Int J Ment Health Nurs
                International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                11 August 2022
                11 August 2022
                : 10.1111/inm.13052
                [ 1 ] Department of Psychiatry Chaohu Hospital of Anhui Medical University Hefei China
                [ 2 ] Department of Psychiatry, School of Mental Health and Psychological Sciences Anhui Medical University Hefei China
                [ 3 ] State Key Laboratory of Medical Molecular Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College Beijing China
                [ 4 ] School of Health Policy and Management Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College Beijing China
                [ 5 ] Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Emory University Atlanta Georgia USA
                [ 6 ] Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Washington University in St. Louis Missouri USA
                [ 7 ] Atlanta VA Medical Center Decatur Georgia USA
                [ 8 ] Institute of Healthy Yangtze River Delta Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai China
                [ 9 ] School of International and Public Affairs Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai China
                Author notes
                [*] [* ] Correspondence: Huanzhong Liu, Department of Psychiatry, Chaohu Hospital of Anhui Medical University, No. 64 Chaohu North Road, Chaohu District, Hefei 238000, China. Email: huanzhongliu@ 123456ahmu.edu.cn

                Feng Jiang, Institute of Health Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai Jiaotong University, No. 1954 Huashan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200030, China. Email: fengjiang@ 123456sjtu.edu.cn

                INM13052 IJMHN-2022-310.R1
                © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

                This article is being made freely available through PubMed Central as part of the COVID-19 public health emergency response. It can be used for unrestricted research re-use and analysis in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source, for the duration of the public health emergency.

                : 26 July 2022
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                Figures: 0, Tables: 2, Pages: 12, Words: 9328
                Funded by: National Clinical Key Specialty Project Foundation (CN) , doi 10.13039/501100013277;
                Funded by: Beijing Medical and Health Foundation , doi 10.13039/501100011930;
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                burnout,covid‐19 pandemic,gender differences,mental health symptoms,psychiatric nurses
                burnout, covid‐19 pandemic, gender differences, mental health symptoms, psychiatric nurses


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