The spillover of compassion fatigue into marital quality: A mediation model

Ricky Finzi-Dottan, Michal Berckovitch Kormosh

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The study examines the effect of self-differentiation, professional self-esteem, and traumatic life events on compassion fatigue (composed of secondary traumatization and burnout) and compassion satisfaction, and their spillover on the marital quality of social workers. A total of 202 social workers completed 7 self-report questionnaires. This study uses a structural equation model that largely confirmed the mediation model, indicating that work-family spillover mediated between both secondary traumatization and burnout and marital quality, whereas compassion satisfaction directly affected marital quality. Programs are recommended to sharpen social workers' work-family boundaries so as to reduce their vulnerability to secondary traumatization and burnout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

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  • Compassion fatigue
  • Life events
  • Marital quality
  • Self-differentiation
  • Spillover


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