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If Los Angeles county department of children and family services social workers are experiencing burnout

Purpose: The objective of this study is to better understand the risk of compassion satisfaction (the satisfaction from helping others), burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced sense of personal achievements), and secondary traumatic stress (the trauma experienced by the helping professionals), and paradigms. This study was conducted at Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff members at the Van Nuys Regional Office, using the Professional Quality of Life Scale (PROQOL) (Stamm, 2010). This study analyzed whether DCFS social workers experienced burnout in their workplace. Additionally, our goal was to test the relationship of these paradigms to one another. A self-report instrument, developed by Dr. Stamm. (PROQOL) was used to measure the risk of compassion satisfaction, burnout, and the potential for secondary traumatic stress among 17 social workers working with children who had been abused and/or neglected. Results of this study indicate that participants scored low on all three scales; compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress.

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