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Date of Award

7-22-2004

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Abstract

This study of vicarious traumatization (VT) and burnout in therapists (N=92, Ages=21-60+ years) who work with sexually abused children examined the relationship between VT, burnout, the presence of a personal trauma history (PTH), the average number of trauma clients per week, and the number of hours consultation/supervision received. The presence of a PTH was not significantly related to higher levels VT as measured by the Trauma Attachment Belief Scale (McCann & Pearlman, 1996). A significant relationship did not exist between greater number of consultation/supervision hours and less distortion in cognitions of safety, intimacy, and esteem. A significant relationship existed between personal accomplishment and more hours of consultation/supervision. A higher average number of child trauma clients were significantly related to high scores of personal accomplishment. The discussion focuses on the clinical application of these results and the limitations of the study.

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