Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An examination of the relationship among secondary traumatic stress, compassion satisfaction and burnout in licensed professional counselors
by Dean, Alexandra, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 94; 3611230
Abstract (Summary)

This study was designed to investigate the difficulties and challenges facing counseling practitioners that result in secondary traumatic stress, compassion satisfaction and burnout. Secondary traumatic stress, compassion satisfaction and burnout in Licensed Professional Counselors may have a relationship to their quality of life ratings. The risks of working directly with traumatized individuals on a regular basis are well documented. These three variables (Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Satisfaction and Burnout) are prominent in the human services field with counselors being in the top five affected (in helping professions). A total of 77 participants completed a demographic questionnaire and the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL). This quantitative research design is classified as descriptive research/correlational study (non-experimental) between variables. A multiple regression analysis was utilized to collect the data. The findings were not as expected by the researcher. It appeared that counselors become satisfied from working with traumatized victims. Recommendations and future research directions are explained.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santonastasi, Antonio
Commitee: Spielmans, Glen, Wallis, Steven
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Burnout, Compassion satisfaction, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Secondary traumatic stress, Self-efficacy, Trauma
Publication Number: 3611230
ISBN: 9781303717543
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