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Utilizing Social Support to Conserve the Fighting Strength: Important Considerations for Military Social Workers
Smith College Studies in Social Work (2009)
  • J. Camille Hall, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

This article is a continuation of a conference panel dialogue that focused on providing individualized, culturally responsible treatment of secondary traumatic stress (STS) for military social workers. Key aspects of the roles and responsibilities, professional and ethical challenges of military social workers and social work officers serve as focal points for understanding the importance of social support. This article discusses ways social support might help to moderate the impact of STS. The ‘‘buddy system’’ describes a culturally unique protective factor, which is a well-known and effective type of social support utilized throughout the military. This article provides valuable information on how the ‘‘buddy system’’ can serve as a blueprint for managing STS experienced by military social workers. The article concludes with research, policy, and practice implications.

Keywords
  • Military social workers,
  • secondary traumatic stress,
  • social support,
  • buddy system
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring June 15, 2009
Citation Information
J. Camille Hall. "Utilizing Social Support to Conserve the Fighting Strength: Important Considerations for Military Social Workers" Smith College Studies in Social Work Vol. 79 Iss. 3 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/j_camillehall/7/