Secondary Traumatic Stress and Public Child Welfare Workers’ Intention to Remain Employed in Child Welfare: The Interaction Effect of Job Functions

dc.contributor.authorKim, Jangmin
dc.contributor.authorPierce, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorPark, Tae Kyung
dc.description.abstractHigh exposure to Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) is a significant risk factor for public child welfare workers’ intention to remain employed in child welfare. This study examined whether the negative effect of STS differs by workers’ job functions by analyzing survey data collected from 1,053 public child welfare workers. STS was negatively associated with workers’ intention to remain. Furthermore, The negative impact of STS was greater among ongoing case managers than among assessment case managers. We conclude that child welfare organizations should develop trauma-informed policies and organizational support targeted to different patterns of STS by job functions. Keywords: secondary traumatic stress, job retention, job functions, public child welfare system Practice Points • Child welfare organizations should tailor organizational approaches to prevent STS and mitigate its negative consequences based on the different job functions of case managers, taking into consideration their unique challenges and needs. • Child welfare organizations should offer enhanced support to ongoing case managers due to their higher susceptibility to the adverse effects of STS. • Child welfare organizations should create physically and emotionally safe working environments that allow case managers to address their STS and improve their well-being. • Child welfare organizations should provide training to supervisors and other leaders to recognize the signs of STS and support their workers in managing their stress.
dc.identifier.citationKim, J., Pierce, B., Park, T. (2023). Secondary traumatic stress and public child welfare workers' intention to remain employed in child welfare: The interaction effect of job functions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. DOI:10.1080/23303131.2023.2263518
dc.publisherRoutledge: Taylor and Francis Groups
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internationalen
dc.subjectsecondary traumatic stress
dc.subjectjob retention
dc.subjectjob functions
dc.subjectpublic child welfare system
dc.titleSecondary Traumatic Stress and Public Child Welfare Workers’ Intention to Remain Employed in Child Welfare: The Interaction Effect of Job Functions
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