Secondary Trauma in Child Protection Workers

Research investigating how secondary traumatic stress impacts those who work in the field of child exploitation is in its early stages. In recent study published in Traumatology, researchers investigated how attempts to cope with secondary traumatic stress vary between investigators in the United States and their counterparts in the United Kingdom. After examining the best-fitting models they found both similarities and differences in predictors of secondary traumatic stress. For example, the level of self-reported difficulty and frequency of interactions with disturbing media were positively related to higher secondary traumatic stress scores in both groups; supervisory support, however, was related to lower secondary traumatic stress scores only in the U.S. sample. The implications and limitations of these findings are discussed.

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