Work Environment Factors Impacting The Report Of Secondary Trauma In U.S. Resident Assistants

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Jason Lynch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Higher Education (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED INDIVIDUALS can have potentially negative impacts on professional support personnel, including cognitive decline, increased anxiety, and declines in physical health. Despite the responsibilities of resident assistants as crisis-responders, few studies explore how they are impacted by secondary trauma. This study sought to understand how specific aspects of the RA work environment relate to their self-reported levels of secondary trauma. Using a sample of RAs (N = 208), the researcher conducted a quantitative secondary analysis of an existing dataset assessing symptoms of secondary traumatic stress in RAs. Findings indicated relationships between a variety of environmental factors and self-reported symptoms of secondary trauma. Findings also suggested that the type of trauma students experienced impacted RAs' self-report of secondary trauma.

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LYNCH RJ. Work Environment Factors Impacting the Report of Secondary Trauma in U.S. Resident Assistants. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 2019;46(1):62-78. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2019
trauma, work environment, Resident Assistants, stress, secondary trauma

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