Burnout is a condition in which people lose confidence in their abilities, become cynical about their work and see customers or patients as objects to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Some researchers think children can suffer from school burnout which is characterised by fatigue, cynicism about school and a sense of inadequacy as a student. Researchers from the Academy of Finland studied 515 15-year-old schoolchildren and 595 of their parents. They found that experiences of burnout were shared within families particularly between children and parents of the same sex. Parental burnout manifested itself in a negative style of upbringing and a lowered interest in and involvement with children's lives. The greater families financial worries were the higher their level of burnout.
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