General information

  • Funding Institution: CNCS – UEFISCDI, Human Resources Programme
  • Project number: PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0398
  • Contract number: 204 / 01.10.2015
  • Period: October 2015 - September 2017
  • Total Amount: 549892 Lei (123889 EUR)
  • Project summary:
      Occupational burnout is a problem with serious consequences and few solutions. Because interventions aimed at reducing burnout are not effective, the objective of the present research grant is to develop new types of interventions. Because the job can demand high levels of self-control (e.g. not to be distracted by irrelevant activities), the employee will invest attentional resources to maintain focus on the important activities. Once these attentional resources are depleted, the employee experiences burnout. We suggest that self-control improvement can be an effective method to reduce occupational burnout, and intend to develop methods for self-control enhancement. There are two main novelties in the present proposal: the focus on self-control enhancement for reducing burnout, and the introduction of dual process models of behavior in occupational psychology. Using evaluative conditioning techniques that showed promissing results in health behavior research, we intend to increase the level of self-control of our participants. The activities include a review of the literature on self-control enhancement, a pilot controlled trial and a crossvalidation controlled trial.
  • Team:
  • Activity report for October - December 2015: click here to access the pdf format
  • Activity report for October - December 2016: click here to access the pdf format
  • Final activity report for October 2015 - September 2017: click here to access the pdf format

Project's objectives:

  • O1. To conduct a systematic review of research studies that reported interventions aimed at increasing self-control.

  • O2. To develop an intervention based on self-control reinforcement and to pre-test it within a clinical controlled trial done on students during their finals.

  • O3. To adjust the intervention and to cross-validate it on employees.

Disseminating results*:

*All materials are with grant's acknowledgements.

Presentations at international conferences

  • Maricuțoiu, L.P. & Iliescu, D. (april, 2016). Maintaining student well-being during the exam period: a randomised controlled trial using an evaluative conditioning procedure. Paper presented at the 12th EAOHP Conference Occupational Health Psychology in Times of Change: Society and the Workplace. Athens, Greece.
  • Maricuțoiu, L. P. (2016, July). It works both ways. Enhancing the self-esteem using the self-reference task. Paper presented at the 18th European Conference on Personality. Timișoara, România.
  • Maroiu, C., Maricuțoiu, L. P., & Sava, F. A. (2016, July). Explicit self-esteem and contingencies of self-worth: The moderating role of implicit self-esteem. Poster presented at the 18th European Conference on Personality, Timișoara, România.
  • Published articles in Q1 journals

  • Maricuțoiu, L.P., Payne, B.K., & Iliescu, D. (2019). It works both ways. Enhancing explicit self-esteem using the self-reference task. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 80, 8-16. DOI:10.1016/j.jesp.2018.08.017
  • Iancu, A.E., Rusu, A., Măroiu, C., Păcurar, R., & Maricuțoiu, L.P. (2018). The effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing teacher burnout: a meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 30, 373-396. doi: 10.1007/s10648-017-9420-8
  • Published or accepted articles in Q2 journals

  • Vîrgă, D.M., Maricuțoiu, L.P., & Iancu, A. (2019). Interventions aimed at increasing work engagement: a systematic review of controlled trials. Current Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s12144-019-00438-z
  • Bostan C. M., Maricuțoiu L., & Constantin T. (2018). Successful management of automatic dysfunctional thoughts in the context of negative emotions. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 31, 686-701. DOI: 0.1080/10615806.2018.1518634
  • Măroiu, C., Maricuțoiu, L.P., & Sava, F.A. (2016). Explicit-self esteem and contingencies of self-worth: the moderating role of implicit self-esteem. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.022
  • Published articles in an Elsevier journal

  • Maricuțoiu, L.P., Sulea, C., & Iancu, A. (2017). Work engagement or burnout: which comes first? A meta-analysis of longitudinal evidence. Burnout Research, 5, 35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.burn.2017.05.001