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The Prevalence of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction Among Oregon School Counselors: Exploring Self-Compassion as a Protective Factor for Compassion Fatigue Public Deposited

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  • This dissertation presents the results of two studies that explored the constructs of compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, and self-compassion. Each study employed a cross-sectional survey design to survey elementary, middle, and high school counselors in Oregon. The online questionnaire was developed using the Professional Quality of Life Scale (Stamm, 2009), the Self-Compassion Scale (Neff, 2003a), and demographic and environmental survey questions. The first manuscript (Chapter 2) summarizes the research conducted on the prevalence of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue to determine the professional quality of life of practicing school counselors in Oregon. This study indicated that Oregon school counselors experienced above average compassion satisfaction and significantly higher than average secondary traumatic stress and burnout than did the norming group that Stamm (2009) used in her development of the Professional Quality of Life Scale. This study then determined if any of five individual and eight environmental variables were predictive of the two criterion variables. This research identified age as a significant predictor of compassion satisfaction. As age increased, compassion satisfaction also increased. The findings of this research identified principal support as a predictor of burnout. That is, as principal support decreased, burnout increased. The second manuscript (Chapter 3) also utilized Oregon School Counselors as the research subjects and examined self-compassion as a protective factor in the prevention of compassion fatigue. This research indicated that greater self-compassion is associated with an increase in compassion satisfaction and a decrease in compassion fatigue diminishing both secondary traumatic stress and burnout. The findings of this study identified age as a predictive factor of self-compassion. As age increased, self-compassion also increased. Results of this study may be used to inform school counselors and counselor educators of the practice of self-compassion to prevent burnout and enhance professional quality of life.
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  • 2019-09-02 to 2019-09-03



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