The Role of Job Burnout and Depression in Self-Destructive Behavior of Islamic Republic of Iran's Army Personnel
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Department of Psychiatry,
department of clinical psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Counseling
Submission date: 2014-12-22
Final revision date: 2015-03-27
Acceptance date: 2015-03-31
Publication date: 2015-09-01
Corresponding author
Mahdi Imani   

department of clinical psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Shiraz University,, 5147643173 Shiraz, Iran
Arch Psych Psych 2015;17(2):41-47
Aim of the study:
The aim of present study was to investigate the role of job burnout and depression in self-destructive behavior in army personnel of Islamic Republic of Iran. To this end up, a conceptual structural model was examined.

Subject or material and methods:
Participants were 215 active duty personnel of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (age mean=31.07 years; SD=4.71) which they completed Suicide Behavior Questionnaire-Revised (SBQ-R), Self-Harm Inventory (SHI), Beck Depression Inventory-Second Edition (BDI-II-Persian), Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).

The measurement model revealed that all indicators, except self-efficacy, had a significant factor weight on their latent variable, therefore the model revised by omitting it and the modified measurement model showed good fitness according to GFI, AGFI, CFI, IFI, and RMSEA. Structural model results showed burnout has a direct effect on self-destructive behavior (β=0.24), depression has a direct effect on self-destructive behavior (β=0.56); burnout influenced depression indirectly (β=0.56); burnout has indirect (β=0.35) and total effects (β=0.59) on self-destructive behavior. Finally the fitness indices of the structural model showed relatively good fitness.

Burnout and depression directly increase the tendency to self-destruction among militants. Moreover, findings revealed that job burnout influence self-destruction by intensifying depression.

some intervention must be considered to prevent self-destruction among militants

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