Compassion Fatigue In Combat Trauma-Related Work Settings: Does It Matter?

Kabunga Amir, Makori George, Mbugua Stephen
2016 unpublished
This study investigated the levels of compassion fatigue among psychotherapists working in a war zone region in northern Uganda. A cross sectional design was used. Psychotherapists (n = 207) from northern Uganda participated in the study. Data analysis was done using descriptive statistics. The results of this study revealed that up to 60.4% of the respondents were experiencing high level of compassion fatigue, 23.7% were experiencing average level of fatigue and 15% had low level of fatigue.
more » ... e results suggest that working with victims of war has profound impact on psychotherapists. The high levels of compassion fatigue evident among psychotherapists indicate that intervention should be considered a matter of priority. Collaborative organizational efforts to minimize compassion fatigue among all areas of psychotherapy is essential in creating awareness and building resiliency.