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.
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- Compassion fatigue
- Life events
- Marital quality