Longitudinal associations between COVID-19 burnout and mindfulness among counsellor candidates: a two-wave cross-lagged study


British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol.52, no.2, pp.296-304, 2024 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03069885.2023.2196395
  • Journal Name: British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Psycinfo, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.296-304
  • Keywords: COVID-19 burnout, mindfulness, counsellor candidate, longitudinal
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Despite the growing body of cross-sectional research linking burnout and mindfulness, hardly any research has investigated the longitudinal relationship between these two constructs during the pandemic. The purpose of this research was to examine the bidirectional association between COVID-19 burnout and mindfulness in counsellor candidates. We employed a two-wave longitudinal design among Turkish counsellor candidates (M = 21.10, SD = 2.10). They completed the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale and the COVID-19 Burnout Scale. The cross-lagged analyses showed that COVID-19 burnout predicted longitudinal decreases in mindfulness. On the contrary, mindfulness did not predict changes in counsellor candidates’ COVID-19 burnout. These findings highlight the importance of targeting COVID-19 burnout in increasing mindfulness over the long-term.