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Are Empathy and Compassion Bad for the Professional Social Worker?

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dc.contributor.author Nilsson, P.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-28T19:35:25Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-28T19:35:25Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Nilsson, P. (2014). Are empathy and compassion bad for the professional social worker?. Advances in Social Work, 15(2), 294-305. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://advancesinsocialwork.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/viewFile/17679/18385
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2869
dc.description.abstract Recent studies have shown that social workers and other professional helpers who work with traumatized individuals run a risk of developing compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress. Some researchers have hypothesized that helpers do this as a result of feeling too much empathy or too much compassion for their clients, thereby implying that empathy and compassion may be bad for the professional social worker. This paper investigates these hypotheses. Based on a review of current research about empathy and compassion it is argued that these states are not the causes of compassion fatigue. Hence, it is argued that empathy and compassion are not bad for the professional social worker in the sense that too much of one or the other will lead to compassion fatigue. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Advances in Social Work en_US
dc.subject vicarious trauma en_US
dc.subject secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.subject literature review en_US
dc.title Are Empathy and Compassion Bad for the Professional Social Worker? en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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