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Personal and Contextual Factors That May Influence Compassion Fatigue As Experienced By Counselors Practicing In Nairobi, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Mirera, Nancy Wambui
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-25T07:35:12Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-25T07:35:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/3537
dc.description A Thesis submitted to the School of Humanities & social sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Compassion fatigue occurs when counsellorsamong other health professionals begin to experience the pain and suffering of the people whom they serve. Although there is substantial literature supporting that, people who work with trauma clients are impacted positively and negatively, most of the studies have focused on the positive impact of work and the qualitative evidence is inconsistent. Further, most research has been conducted outside Kenya and most of the research has been carried out immediately after a traumatic event. This research study sought to investigate the presence of compassion fatigue and identify the personal and contextual factors that may influence compassion fatigue as experienced by a group of counsellors working in different environments in Nairobi, Kenya. A sample of 106 counsellors with different levels of training and working in diverse settings participated voluntarily. The research used the professional quality of life (Proqol) model to provide a theoretical understanding of the development of compassion fatigue. A self-administered questionnaire developed using The Professional Quality of Life Scale (version 5) to assess compassion fatigue, collect demographics and other pertinent information was used. The results show that 50.2 % of the counsellors surveyed were satisfied with their work, while 25.5 % had compassion fatigue. Female counsellorshad slightly elevated levels of compassion fatigue compared to the males. This study therefore, shows that it is normal for counsellors to have negative feelings towards their clients but it does not in any way minimize the satisfaction they also experience from helping. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Personal and Contextual Factors en_US
dc.subject Compassion Fatigue en_US
dc.subject Counsellors en_US
dc.subject Nairobi, Kenya en_US
dc.title Personal and Contextual Factors That May Influence Compassion Fatigue As Experienced By Counselors Practicing In Nairobi, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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