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Crimes Against Caring: Exploring the Risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction Among Child Exploitation Investigators

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dc.contributor.author Brady, P. Q.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-11T18:36:16Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-11T18:36:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Brady, P. Q. (2017). Crimes against caring: Exploring the risk of secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and compassion satisfaction among child exploitation investigators. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32(4), 305-318. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11896-016-9223-8.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/4830
dc.description.abstract Secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout are debilitating occupational hazards that inhibit helping professional’s overall well-being. Much of the extant scholarship on this topic has focused on mental health and child welfare workers and not law enforcement officials who investigate Internet child exploitation. This study used data from 433 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force personnel to explore the impact of individual and work-related factors associated with the risk of STS, burnout, and compassion satisfaction. Findings indicated that nearly one in four ICAC personnel exhibited low compassion satisfaction and high levels of STS and burnout. Individual-level protective factors for increasing compassion satisfaction and mitigating symptoms of STS and burnout included having a strong social support system outside of work and the frequent use of positive coping mechanisms. Work-related risk factors such as frequent indirect exposure to disturbing materials, low organizational support, and frequently feeling overwhelmed at work were all associated with higher STS and burnout and lower levels of compassion satisfaction. Policy implications and future avenues of research are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology en_US
dc.subject secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject support en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject exploitation en_US
dc.subject criminal investigation en_US
dc.title Crimes Against Caring: Exploring the Risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction Among Child Exploitation Investigators en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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