Burnout survey

Help us to improve understand the link between the Autism Spectrum and Burnout.


About Quirks.me

Quirks.me was borne out of an observation that people enjoy finding out about themselves through online surveys, but typically such surveys are used to drive advertising revenue rather than contributing to academic research. Quirks.me is platform for hosting legitimate psychological surveys (free from advertising) and making anonymized data available to academic researchers rather than marketing companies.

About the Burnout Survey

This Burnout Survey is a web-based survey which intends to investigates your levels of burnout in relation to the degree of traits you display which are associated with the autistic spectrum. It should be noted that all of us fall somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum, from very low scorers, to very high scorers such as (arguably) Raymond Babbitt, the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

To date, there has been very little research into burnout in relation the autistic spectrum, yet the benefits of this knowledge could greatly improve the quality of life for people displaying a higher number of autistic traits.

The Questionnaire

This study involves a web-based survey designed to explore links between autistic traits, career choices and burnout. The study is being conducted by an independent researcher, Chris Sumner. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).

Participation in the study typically takes about 10 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participants complete an online quiz consisting of 3 (4 if you're in certain careers) demographics questions (Age, Gender, Career) and 59 statements, each of which is in a forced choice format.

The questionnaire is really two separate questionnaires. The first 50 questions measure the extent of autistic traits in adults and come from Simon Baron-Cohen et-al's Autism Spectrum Quotient1. You can view an online version of their paper here. The last 9 questions (51 - 59) are from Katariina Salmela-Aro et-al's Bergen Burnout Inventory2 which can be obtained from this link.

Participation is in this survey completely voluntary.

Security & Privacy

No personally identifiable information is collected, responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place reasonable physical and electronic controls to secure the information we collect.

If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal researcher at chris@quirks.me

If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study please click here to begin experiment.

[1] Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., Skinner, R., Martin, J., & Clubley, E. (2001). The autism-spectrum quotient (AQ): Evidence from asperger syndrome/high-functioning autism, malesand females, scientists and mathematicians. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 31(1), 5-17.

[2] Salmela-Aro, K., Rantanen, J., Hyvönen, K., Tilleman, K., & Feldt, T. (2011). Bergen Burnout Inventory: reliability and validity among Finnish and Estonian managers. International archives of occupational and environmental health, 84(6), 635-645.