Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
This study examined the relationship between child welfare workers' coping skills and their levels of empathy. The author developed instruments for measuring empathy and for measuring coping skills. Measures of the coping skills and empathy of child welfare workers in San Bernardino County and San Diego County were compared and found to be similar; the author hoped that this would demonstrate that the results can be generalized. The hypothesis that excellent coping skills diminish compassion fatigue and lead to increased empathy was supported.
Keyes, Pamela Marie and Smith, Christina Leigh, "A bi-county examination of child welfare workers' levels of compassion fatigue and coping skills" (2005). Theses Digitization Project. 2851.