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ERIC Number: EJ793640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
The Compassion Fatigue Scale: Its Use with Social Workers Following Urban Disaster
Adams, Richard E.; Figley, Charles R.; Boscarino, Joseph A.
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n3 p238-250 2008
Objective: The present study has two goals: to assess the difference between secondary trauma and job burnout and to examine the utility of secondary trauma in predicting psychological distress. Method: The data come from a survey of social workers (N = 236) living in New York City 20 months following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC). Results: Social workers' involvement in WTC recovery efforts is related to secondary trauma but not burnout. Analyses also reveal that both secondary trauma and burnout are related to psychological distress after controlling for other risk factors. Conclusion: This study supports the importance of compassion fatigue as a risk factor for social workers counseling traumatized clients and its association with psychological problems. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York