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Childhood abuse history, secondary traumatic stress, and child welfare workers

Childhood abuse history, secondary traumatic stress, and child welfare workers

Child Welfare 82(1): 5-26

Social workers are exposed to trauma vicariously through the trauma of their clients. This phenomenon, called secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatization, or compassion fatigue, presents a risk of negative personal psychological consequences. Based on a sample of 166 child welfare workers and using standardized measures, the study findings document the link between a personal history of primary trauma, childhood abuse or neglect, and the heightened risk for secondary traumatic stress in child welfare workers.

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