Student burnout in Dutch higher education

Burnout refers to a psychological, physical, cognitive and emotional state that results from prolonged exposure to chronic stress or pressure. Burnout includes both primary and secondary symptoms. Primary symptoms refer to the core components of burnout, including exhaustion, mental distance, cognitive and emotional impairment. Instead, secondary complaints encompass psychological distress and psychosomatic complaints.

More information on the components of burnout can be found on the following file:

The PDF below is a visual representation of the results obtained through a data collection involving a sample of 1010 international and Dutch students at the University of Groningen.

To sum up, we found that:

  1. About half of the sample has an increased risk of experiencing primary and secondary burnout symptoms between sometimes and always.
  2. There are four groups of students differing in the risk of experiencing primary and secondary symptoms.