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A Systematic Assessment for Potential Compassion Fatigue Among CPS Workers in West Texas

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dc.contributor.author Derrick, A. N.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-28T20:11:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-28T20:11:49Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Derrick, A. N. (2016). A Systematic Assessment for Potential Compassion Fatigue Among CPS Workers in West Texas. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1033&context=etd
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2875
dc.description.abstract Working in child welfare is a career that frequently exposes staff to trauma. Child welfare staff routinely witness the worst types of harm to children including extreme physical abuse, drug exposed children, children who have been repeatedly sexually abused, and even child fatalities. The impact of these repeated exposures is an emerging area of study. The effect of witnessing trauma is often referred to as compassion fatigue or secondary trauma. The focus of this study is to review current literature that deals with the issues of compassion fatigue in child welfare staff and compare the findings in hopes of identifying reoccurring recommendations and identifying areas for future research. This systematic review examines five previously published studies on compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma in child welfare. This study resumes where a previous study by McFadden, Campbell, and Taylor concluded. Of the five studies included in this review, there were no new findings. The findings of each study were aligned, not only with each other but also with a previous review conducted by McFadden, Campbell, and Taylor and one by West, both conducted in 2015. It does not appear that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken note of the problem of compassion fatigue and how it effects staff. This failure to respond to the problem has resulted in numerous problems for the agency, including the recent staffing crisis, the decision to lower the requirements for new hires within the agency, and the Children's Right Lawsuit and subsequent ruling against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. If agencies are going to be successful at having healthy workers caring for children then the issue of compassion fatigue must be addressed, and soon. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Abilene Christian University en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject vicarious trauma en_US
dc.subject secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.subject compassion fatigue en_US
dc.subject research review en_US
dc.title A Systematic Assessment for Potential Compassion Fatigue Among CPS Workers in West Texas en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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