Is vicarious trauma the culprit? A study of child welfare professionals

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative, multi-case study of child welfare professionals who discussed the changes they experienced because of the work they do. It was concluded that vicarious trauma was the cause. This study was grounded in the constructive self-development theory, a developmental and interpersonal theory with a trauma focus that explains the impact of trauma on an individual's psychological development, identity, and adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-131
Number of pages27
JournalChild welfare
Volume89
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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