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The Compassion Fatigue and Resilience Connection: A Survey of Resilience, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction among Trauma Responders
Faculty Publications
  • Harvey J Burnett, Jr, Andrews University
  • Kathleen Wahl, Michigan Department of Community Health
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Disciplines
Abstract

Research has shown that compassion fatigue is associated with burnout and compassion satisfaction. Practically no studies have examined how resilience may impact these variables. This study examined how resilience is related to compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion satisfaction among a convenience sample of disaster behavioral health and emergency preparedness responders (N =139) attending a training conference in Michigan. Measures included the 30-item Professional Quality of Life Scale, the 14-item Resilience Scale, and a demographic questionnaire. Seventy-two percent of the participants were at risk for compassion fatigue, while 19% were at risk for burnout. Only 22% of participants had scores indicative of high resilience. Resilience was found to have a significant negatively correlation with compassion fatigue and with burnout. A significant positive correlation was also found between compassion satisfaction and resilience. Mediation analysis found that resilience moderately mediated the relationship between compassion fatigue and burnout. These findings suggest that resilience plays an important role in mediating the effects between compassion fatigue and burnout. Implications for practice are discussed.

Journal Title
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience
First Department
Behavioral Sciences
Acknowledgements
Retrieved August 8, 2016 from http://www.omicsonline.com/open-access/the-compassion-fatigue-and-resilience-connection-a-survey-of-resilience-compassion-fatigue-burnout-and-compassion-satisfaction-among-trauma-responders-1522-4821-17-165.php?aid=37926
Citation Information
Harvey J Burnett and Kathleen Wahl. "The Compassion Fatigue and Resilience Connection: A Survey of Resilience, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Compassion Satisfaction among Trauma Responders" Vol. 17 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 318 - 326
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/harvey_burnett/11/