Faculty Publications

Title

Secondary traumatic stress of service providers who practice with survivors of family or sexual violence: A national survey of social workers

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Family violence, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Secondary traumatic stress, Sexual assault, Social workers

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Smith College Studies in Social Work

Volume

81

Issue

1

First Page

101

Last Page

119

Abstract

Past research demonstrates that professionals helping survivors of family violence or sexual assault are at risk of experiencing secondary traumatic stress. Although social workers frequently provide services to these families, the risk of exhibiting secondary traumatic stress symptoms has rarely been investigated. Using a national sample (N >= 154), this research project examines the prevalence and severity of secondary traumatic stress among social workers who assist survivors of family violence or sexual assault. Implications for social work practice are also discussed. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/00377317.2011.543044

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