Although many researchers have emphasized the unfavorable implications of mental health providers working with a traumatized client population, none have explored the relationships between the variables of burnout, compassion fatigue, gratitude, and personal growth for marriage and family therapists working with military families. The purpose of this study was to explore these four variables in accordance with marriage and family therapists’ years of experience and gender. The research method was quantitative with a nonexperimental survey design to determine the relationship between the variables through correlational analysis. Nonprobability sampling produced a sample of 175 marriage and family therapists between the ages of 25 to 65 years who served or who are currently serving military families. The participants completed the Gratitude Questionnaire, the Personal Growth Initiative Scale, and the Professional Quality of Life Scale. The three research questions were: Are there relationships between burnout scores, compassionate fatigue scores, gratitude scores, and personal growth scores for marriage and family therapists serving military families? When adjusting for years of experience working with military families, are there relationships between burnout, compassion fatigue, gratitude, and personal growth for marriage and family therapists? When adjusting for gender, are there relationships between burnout, compassion fatigue, gratitude, and personal growth for marriage and family therapists serving military families? Data analysis was conducted based on participants’ age, gender, years of experience as marriage and family therapists, years of working with military families, burnout, compassion fatigue, gratitude, and personal growth. Correlational analysis showed statistical significance in at least two of the elements of burnout, compassion fatigue, gratitude, and personal growth for marriage and family therapists serving military families,
|Commitee:||VanMeter, Carrie , Willis, Bradley|
|Department:||School of Counseling and Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Military studies, Individual & family studies, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Burnout, Compassion fatigue, Gratitude, Marriage and family therapists, Military families, Personal growth, Mental health providers|
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