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Date of Award

7-27-2007

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Deborah Wise, Ph.D.

Abstract

Dispositional·optimism was examined as a mediator between the number of traumatic events experienced and vicarious traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. Dispositional optimism was also examined in relation to intention to leave one's job and the number of traumatic events experienced. Participants were 127 child welfare workers. It was found that dispositional optimism mediated the relationship between the experience of traumatic events and vicarious traumatization. Contrary to predictions, the number of traumatic events experienced was not significantly correlated with secondary traumatic. s tress or burnout. Dispositional optimism was also negatively correlated to the number of traumatic events experienced. Dispositional optimism and intention to leave one's job were not significantly correlated. Implications of these results and suggestions for future research are discussed

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