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NCJ Number: 228970 Find in a Library
Title: Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Domestic Violence Advocates: Workplace Risk and Protective Factors
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1358-1379
Author(s): Suzanne M. Slattery; Lisa A. Goodman
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study identified workplace factors associated with secondary traumatic stress (STS) among domestic violence advocates.
Abstract: Domestic violence advocates who provide a broad range of services to battered women and their children, work in a broad range of settings, and do a broad range of advocacy activities and can be affected by STS, whose symptoms parallel posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Three of the most important workplace contributors to STS are social support, clinical supervision, and access to power. Shared power, experiencing respect, and equality in the workplace, emerged as the only workplace variables to significantly predict STS beyond individual factors. Data for this study were gathered from a convenience sample of domestic violence advocates, with 70 percent of participants meeting the criteria for clinical levels of PTSD. Tables, appendix, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Battered wives; Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Children of battered women; Family advocacy programs; Family crisis; Family structure; Family support
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