The effect of vicarious trauma on staff: best practice management and strategies

Lecture


Massey, K. 2014. The effect of vicarious trauma on staff: best practice management and strategies.
AuthorsMassey, K.
TypeLecture
ContributorsHorvath, M.
Description

Coping strategies and resilience of members of the Faculty of Forensic and legal medicine was measured in an attempt to establish how they cope with the impact of witnessing the trauma of the patients they see on a daily basis. Belief in a just world was also measured as it was believed to be a mediating factor in the psychological distress exhibited in the medical practitioners that participated in this study.
Method: One hundred and twenty members of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (65 females, 54 males and 1 undisclosed) volunteered to participate in this study. Data was collected online using Survey Monkey, which was e-mailed to the members of the FFLM and they were invited to participate in this study. The participants filled out the Personal Belief in a Just World Scale (Dalbert, 1999) and General Belief in a Just World Scale (Dalbert, Montada & Schmitt, 1987), the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale 25 (Connor & Davidson, 2003), The COPE (Carver, 1997) and the Brief Symptom Inventory (Derogatis, 1993).
Results: A multiple regression with stepwise entry was carried out as this data meets the assumptions. Years of experience working in this field was excluded but PBJW, coping strategies and resilience were identified as having a significant relationship with psychological distress.
Conclusion: Although this is only a preliminary study into this phenomenon, it identifies a clear relationship between coping strategies and resilience and psychological distress. This warrants further investigation and will be the focus of further investigation in this field.

Year2014
ConferenceGreater Manchester Police Staff Development Day
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Sep 2014
Completed2014
Permalink -

https://repository.canterbury.ac.uk/item/8723z/the-effect-of-vicarious-trauma-on-staff-best-practice-management-and-strategies

  • 65
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

‘A lot of the time it’s dealing with victims who don’t want to know, it’s all made up, or they’ve got mental health’: Rape myths in a large English police force
Gekoski, A., Massey, Kristina, Allen, Katherine, Ferreira, J., Dalton, Charlotte T, Horvath, Miranda and Davies, Kari 2023. ‘A lot of the time it’s dealing with victims who don’t want to know, it’s all made up, or they’ve got mental health’: Rape myths in a large English police force. International Review of Victimology. https://doi.org/10.1177/02697580221142891
The impacts of working with victims of sexual violence: A rapid evidence assessment
Crivatu, I., Horvath, M. and Massey, Kristina 2021. The impacts of working with victims of sexual violence: A rapid evidence assessment. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380211016024
Independant Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA's) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: A study of impacts, effects, coping mechanisms and effective support systems for people working as ISVAs and ISVA managers
Massey, K. and Horvath, M.A.A.H 2021. Independant Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA's) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: A study of impacts, effects, coping mechanisms and effective support systems for people working as ISVAs and ISVA managers. UK
Minimising trauma in staff at a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: what and who is needed?
Horvath, M., Massey, K., Essafi, S. and Majeed-Ariss, R. Minimising trauma in staff at a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: what and who is needed? Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Young people, sexuality and the age of pornography
Massey, K., Burns, J. and Franz, A. 2020. Young people, sexuality and the age of pornography. Sexuality and Culture. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09771-z
The problems of investigating rape as part of domestic abuse
Massey, K. and Foley, J. 2018. The problems of investigating rape as part of domestic abuse.
Staff experiences of working in a sexual assault referral centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people
Massey, K., Horvath, M., Essafi, S. and Majeed-Ariss, R. 2019. Staff experiences of working in a sexual assault referral centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2019.1605615
The effects of sexually explicit material on children and young people
Massey, K. 2018. The effects of sexually explicit material on children and young people.
The impact of witnessing other people's trauma: the resilience and coping strategies of members of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine
Horvath, M. and Massey, K. 2018. The impact of witnessing other people's trauma: the resilience and coping strategies of members of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2018.02.012
Policing and mental health
Massey, K. 2015. Policing and mental health. in: Brunger, M., Tong, S. and Martin, D. (ed.) Introduction to policing research. Taking lessons from practice Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.
Police officers and post traumatic stress disorder: discussing the deficit in research, identification and prevention in England and Wales
Foley, J. and Massey, K. 2018. Police officers and post traumatic stress disorder: discussing the deficit in research, identification and prevention in England and Wales. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X18761284
The effects of sexually explicit material on children and young people
Massey, K. 2015. The effects of sexually explicit material on children and young people.
The impact of witnessing other people's trauma: resilience and coping strategies
Massey, K. and Horvath, M. 2014. The impact of witnessing other people's trauma: resilience and coping strategies. Rape, the Brain and Mental Health: Impact, Services and Care for Victims. Palace Hotel, Manchester 26 - 27 Feb 2014
The impact of pornography on young people
Massey, K. 2014. The impact of pornography on young people. Safeguarding Children Training Day. Milton Keynes 08 Sep 2014
Video nasties: the effects of sexualised and violent imagery on children and young people
Massey, K. 2014. Video nasties: the effects of sexualised and violent imagery on children and young people.
“Basically... porn is everywhere”: a rapid evidence assessment on the effects that access and exposure to pornography has on children and young people
Horvath, M., Alys, L., Massey, K., Pina, A., Scally, M. and Adler, J. 2013. “Basically... porn is everywhere”: a rapid evidence assessment on the effects that access and exposure to pornography has on children and young people. Office of The Children's Commisioner.
Witnessing other people’s trauma: what is the real cost of vicarious traumatisation?
Massey, K. and Horvath, M. 2013. Witnessing other people’s trauma: what is the real cost of vicarious traumatisation?
Sexting: the challenges of policing the ever changing world of internet child pornography under austerity
Massey, K. 2013. Sexting: the challenges of policing the ever changing world of internet child pornography under austerity.
Video nasties: the effects of sexualised and violent imagery on children and young people
Massey, K., Alys, L., Pina, A., Scally, M. and Adler, J. 2013. Video nasties: the effects of sexualised and violent imagery on children and young people.
The effects of viewing pornography on children and young people
Massey, K., Horvath, M., Alys, L., Pina, A., Scally, M. and Adler, J. 2013. The effects of viewing pornography on children and young people. Community Care - Children and Families. Business Design Centre, London 14 Nov 2013
Investigative decision making: missing people and sexual offences, crossroads to an uncertain future
Alys, L., Massey, K. and Tong, S. 2012. Investigative decision making: missing people and sexual offences, crossroads to an uncertain future.
Criminal investigation and higher education: a crossroads to an uncertain future
Massey, K. and Tong, S. 2012. Criminal investigation and higher education: a crossroads to an uncertain future.
Investigative decision making: missing people and sexual offences, crossroads to an uncertain future
Tong, S., Massey, K. and Alys, L. 2013. Investigative decision making: missing people and sexual offences, crossroads to an uncertain future. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 10 (1). https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1382
When chivalry backfires: benevolent sexism and attitudes toward Myra Hindley
Viki, G., Massey, K. and Masser, B. 2005. When chivalry backfires: benevolent sexism and attitudes toward Myra Hindley. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 10 (1), pp. 109-120. https://doi.org/10.1348/135532504X15277