Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Ugandan Aid Workers
This study examines secondary traumatic stress (STS) among national humanitarian aid workers in the post-conflict context of northern Uganda. A cross-sectional survey measuring STS, primary and secondary trauma exposure, organizational and social support factors, as well as demographic and work-related factors, was completed by 376 national staff from 21 humanitarian organizations in northern Uganda. Results indicated that personal exposure to war-trauma, hearing about war-trauma from personal acquaintances, and hearing trauma stories from beneficiaries each accounted for unique variance in STS. Results support a dose-response relationship between listening to trauma stories and STS symptoms in national aid workers. Additionally, results indicated inverse relationships between STS and supervision, and STS and co-worker team cohesion. Organizational implications are discussed.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Secondary traumatic stress, Humanitarian assistance, Uganda