Measuring Compassion Fatigue

by Charles R. Bride, Brian E.; Radey, Melissa; and Figley
Clinical Social Work ()


This manuscript provides practitioners a gate- way into understanding assessment instruments for com- passion fatigue. We first describe and then evaluate the leading assessments of compassion fatigue in terms of their reliability and their validity. Although different instruments have different foci, each described instrument measures at least one component of compassion fatigue. The final section discusses three factors in selecting a compassion fatigue measure: the assessment domain or aspect of compassion fatigue to be measured; simultaneous mea- surement, and; timeframe of what is being measured. Fi- nally, we caution about interpreting scores since the measures were developed as screening devices.

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