|Opis:||My master’s thesis had two main objectives. The first was to validate the CDS (The Cognitive Distortions Scale) questionnaire, which was translated and adapted for the Slovenian environment. The other was to study the relationship between cognitive distortions, burnout and depression, and the moderator role of cognitive distortions in the relationship between burnout and depression, and work demands and resources. For the purposes of this assignment, burnout and depression were considered as one entity.
The study included 210 employees with different education, employment status and working hours. They filled out a questionnaire consisting of demographic questions, The Cognitive Distortions Scale (CDS), Irrational Beliefs questionnaire (WIB-Q), The Oldenburg Burnout questionnaire (OLBI), depression questionnaire (PHQ-9), job demands and resources questionnaire and questionnaire of Experience and Evaluation of Work (VBBA).
The results showed that the cognitive distortions questionnaire (CDS) shows adequate reliability and validity in the Slovenian model and that its structure is single-factor. In addition, the results confirmed that there are no significant differences in the correlation between burnout and cognitive distortions, and depression and cognitive distortions. Further, the results showed that cognitive distortions play a statistically important moderator role in the relationship between burnout and general workload, autonomy, and in the relationship between depression and general workload, support from superiors and mental load. In other relationships between burnout and depression and other checked job demands and resources, cognitive distortions do not have a statistically significant moderator role. Such results can be explained by the job demands and resources model, which explains that work resources can ease job demands and, on the other hand, that job demands strengthen work resources. Despite some limitations, my master’s thesis can be useful in clinical practice, in recognizing the similarity between burnout and depression, and can be a starting point for further research.|