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An Analysis of Research on Secondary Traumatic Stress in Korea


  • Department of Social Welfare, Baekseok University, #115 Anseo-dong Dongnam-Gu Cheonan Chungnam, 330-704, Korea, Republic of


Objectives: Given that research on secondary traumatic stress in Korea is in its beginning phase, the current research is aimed to investigate research trends on the topic in Korea to provide directions for future research. Method/Statistical Analysis: To this end, 16 domestic articles about secondary traumatic stress, registered (or nominated to be) in the National Research Foundation of Korea, were examined. Using content analysis, these studies were analyzed according to subjects of research, research themes, and the methodologies used. Findings: According to the results of the study, the subjects of research in the field of secondary traumatic stress were mainly child protective service workers providing direct services to abused children and/or their parents. Major themes found in this study were level of secondary traumatic stress, factors affecting secondary traumatic stress, and relationship between secondary traumatic stress and some variables of interests. With regard to methodologies, quantitative methodology was used frequently. Very few studies used qualitative, mixed method, or literature review. Improvements/Applications: Findings of the study suggested needs for conducting more research and extending the scope of research subjects, themes, and research designs in this filed.


Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Research Trends, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Traumatization.

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