Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another.


UK's Center on Trauma & Children has created evidence-based tools to screen for various forms of Secondary Traumatic Stress. Take one of their brief screeners here.

Secondary Traumatic Stress can take numerous forms. Here, we focus on research about compassion fatigue among psychiatric nurses. This phenomenon has emerged as a detrimental consequence of work-related stress among nurses. Compassion fatigue affects the job performance, and emotional and physical health of nurses.