Witnessing other people’s trauma: what is the real cost of vicarious traumatisation?

Massey, K. and Horvath, M. (2013) Witnessing other people’s trauma: what is the real cost of vicarious traumatisation? In: The Fourth Annual Conference of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing (POLCON 4), 3-4 September 2013, Canterbury, UK.

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Abstract

Previous studies of mental health workers have found that increased time spent with traumatised clients increases the risk of stress reactions (Chrestman, 1985; Pearlman & Mac Ian, 1995) and that time in other work decreases risks. Martin (2005) looked more specifically at individuals that work with rape victims and found negative emotions are sometimes experienced (discomfort, distress and anger). In this study of FFLM members were questioned to gain an understanding of their coping strategies, symptoms of psychological distress, resilience and belief in a just world. Results of this study will be explained along with suggestions for support for staff, indicators of difficulty and mechanisms for support.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General) > K0520 Comparative law. International uniform law
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Law and Criminal Justice Studies
Depositing User: Ms Kristina Massey
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 13:26
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:11
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12439

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