Posttraumatic Growth and Related Factors of Child Protective Service Workers

  • Rhee Y
  • Ko Y
  • Han I
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Objectives The aim of the study is to measure the level of vicarious trauma, posttraumatic growth (PTG), and other factors affecting PTG among child protective service workers. Methods We include posttraumatic stress, social support, stress coping, and demographic data as independent variables. Data was collected from 255 full-time social workers from 43 child protective agencies as acomplete enumeration and 204 included in the final analysis. Results The major findings of the study were as follows: The mean score of PTG was 44.09 (SD:21.73). Hierarchical multiple regression was adopted and "pursuing social support as a way of coping with stress" was the strongest predictive factor ([beta]=0.319, p[less than]0.001) of PTG. Conclusion We suggest that child protective workers are vulnerable to posttraumatic stress and mental health services are indicated. We also recommend various types of training for stress coping program, especially strengthening the social support system of the child protective service workers in South Korea.




Rhee, Y., Ko, Y., & Han, I. (2013). Posttraumatic Growth and Related Factors of Child Protective Service Workers. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 25(1), 6.

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