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NCJ Number: 251027 Find in a Library
Title: Advancing Science and Practice for Vicarious Traumatization/Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Research Agenda
Journal: Traumatology  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:June 2017  Pages:129-142
Author(s): Beth E. Molnar; Ginny Sprang; Kyled. D. Killian; Ruth Gottfried; Vanessa Emery; Brian E. Bride
Date Published: June 2017
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-VF-GX-K011
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Literature Review; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews existing research and outlines a research agenda for addressing vicarious traumatization/secondary traumatic stress (STS) in the workplace.
Abstract: Professionals working in the fields of trauma, victim assistance, mental health, law enforcement fire response, emergency medical services, and other professions are exposed to traumatic events regularly, in some cases daily. Vicarious trauma (VT) refers to the exposure to the trauma experiences of others, which is experienced regularly in all of the aforementioned professions. Research can assist the development of strategies for avoiding vulnerability to adverse impacts of this kind of work. In reviewing such research, the current article is organized by the four steps of a public health approach: 1) defining the problem, including measuring the scope or prevalence; 2) identifying risk and protective factors for negative outcomes; 3) developing interventions and policies; and 4) monitoring and evaluating interventions and policies over time. A research agenda for the field is put forward following these same steps. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Mental health; Mental health services; Occupational safety and health; Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); OVC grant-related documents; Research programs; Stress management; Vicarious trauma
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