Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Balancing Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue: The Professional Quality of Life of Title IX Coordinators
by Miller, Elizabeth M., Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 186; 10825128
Abstract (Summary)

Title IX Coordinators are educational administrators who play a critical role in providing campus environments free of sex discrimination, harassment, and violence. Their work is demanding, highly regulated, and set in an increasingly volatile political context. There is little research on the experiences of these administrators. Utilizing the Professional Quality of Life framework, this qualitative study explored the experiences of 20 Title IX Coordinators to understand their professional quality of life and organizational factors that influence their experiences. Findings revealed participants’ satisfaction was drawn from passion for “the work” and making a positive impact in their communities, and fatigue and burnout were tied to an intense and overwhelming workload. While fatigue can lead to a breaking point, moderating influences, e.g., coping strategies and balancing compassion with neutrality, mitigated negative factors. Institutional resistance and lack of understanding across stakeholders contributed to compassion fatigue, while institutional commitment and supportive interpersonal relationships affirmed the Title IX Coordinator’s experience. Implications include expanding the Title IX Coordinator’s passion for gender equity across the institution, and building institutional capacity to adequately respond to complaints, to benefit both the experience of the Title IX Coordinator and campus communities at large. Recommendations for policy and practice include creating Title IX teams, institutionalizing campus climate surveys, and supervision committed to building supportive working environments. Future research is recommended on how intersecting identities influence the Title IX Coordinator experience, and understanding campus attitudes toward Title IX and other civil-rights based responsibilities among constituent groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Brien, Jonathan
Commitee: Davis, Shametrice, Hong, Luoluo
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Educational psychology, Occupational psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Burnout, Compassion fatigue, Compassion satisfaction, Title IX, Title IX Coordinator
Publication Number: 10825128
ISBN: 978-0-438-20957-2
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