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Journal Article

Citation

Ireland CA, Huxley S. J. Forensic Pract. 2018; 20(3): 141-151.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Emerald Group Publishing)

DOI

10.1108/JFP-10-2017-0045

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

PURPOSE

Clinical professionals working with psychologically traumatised children in the care system can experience potential challenges maintaining their own positive psychological health, and when repeatedly being exposed to the traumatic histories of those in their care. The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding of vicarious trauma and provide a guide for focussing on future research.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a systematic literature review, considering 13 articles that met the criteria and identified five main themes linked to secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma in staff.

Findings

Five main themes were noted. These are: lack of organisational support; lack of health work-life balance; lack of appropriate training; failure to use self-care techniques; and staff failure to share when they are experiencing symptoms.

Practical implications

Various implications are noted from this review. These include: the importance of education and support for staff, to be mindful that newer staff may be considered an "at risk" group for the negative impact of such trauma, and to encourage staff in achieving an effective work-life balance.

Originality/value

This is a focussed systematic review on secondary and vicarious trauma on staff working with children exposed to psychological trauma, such as sexual and physical abuse.

Keywords:
Staff, Adolescents, Children, Psychological trauma, Compassion fatigue, Secondary traumatic stress, Vicarious trauma

© Emerald Publishing Limited 2018


Language: en

Keywords

Adolescents; Children; Compassion fatigue; Psychological trauma; Secondary traumatic stress; Staff; Vicarious trauma

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