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Are there any longitudinal studies I could read for insights?

asked 16 Oct '11, 20:11

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edited 16 Oct '11, 23:46

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Vincent Buck

AIIC commissioned in 2001 a Study of Workload and Burnout in Simultaneous Interpretation. You can check it by clicking on this link :

Another interesting study is the following: Physiological stress during simultaneous interpreting: a comparison of experts and novices

I hope this helps!

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answered 18 Oct '11, 18:47

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Marta Piera ...

Social ineptitude/ borderline autism! Only anecdotal evidence so far, but an awful lot of it. Talk to an interpreter and watch their crazy gaze fly around the room as they listen carefully, but with only part of their full attention, to what you're saying and then leave mid-topic with a sudden "oh, I must be off now" ;)

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answered 24 Oct '11, 22:09

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Whenever I am asked why interpreters tend to insist so much on ensuring good working conditions, I say that we have just as much a right to a long, healthy career as anyone else. If we work under the right conditions, there is really no need why we should suffer any long-term health consequences at all.

The idea seems to be that we interpreters are meant to "work hard, die young" - or at least "burn out young" - but I for one hope to be working as an interpreter at least until normal retirement age. An interpreter who works on a regular basis in substandard conditions, alone, for long hours, with poor equipment will inevitably burn out faster than one who is working in at full team strength (for an explanation of what that means, read Article 6 of AIIC's Professional Standards) with proper equipment and breaks.

The studies quoted by Marta above are important for helping people understand that the interpreter's job does entail stress and that burnout is a real danger - all the more reason to try to ensure that we work in optimal conditions!

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answered 18 Oct '11, 23:13

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high blood pressure, interpreter prima donna syndrome________

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answered 06 Oct '13, 22:29

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Addiction to alcoholic beverages, especially champagne, is also a common.

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answered 24 Oct '11, 23:43

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Colleagues who should know and a forlorn but mellow-voiced opera singer I met on plane to Kuusamo many years ago told me that regular champagne helps prevent atrophy of the vocal cords, provided it's brut and from a decent cuvée. And especially never drunk alone.

(25 Oct '11, 00:04) Vincent Buck
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