Faculty Publications

Title

Organizational impacts on the secondary traumatic stress of social workers assisting family violence or sexual assault survivors

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Compassion fatigue, Family violence, Organizational characteristics, Secondary traumatic stress, Sexual assault, Social workers, Vicarious traumatization

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Administration in Social Work

Volume

35

Issue

3

First Page

225

Last Page

242

Abstract

This research examines the influence of organizational characteristics on secondary traumatic stress of social workers who provide direct services to survivors of family violence or sexual assault. The sample (n = 154) was recruited through the National Association of Social Workers' member list. The study found that social workers who received more support from their coworkers, supervisors, and work teams demonstrated lower levels of secondary traumatic stress. Social workers who also had more access to their organizations' strategic information exhibited lower levels of secondary traumatic stress. Several implications for social work administrators are suggested based on the findings. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/03643107.2011.575333

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