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Researcher wellbeing and secondary trauma: A theoretical framework and protocol to improve practice

Skinner, Tina, Bloomfield-Utting, Jade, Geoghegan-Fittall, Sophie, Roberts, Nicola, Smith, Olivia, Sweetland, Saffy and Taylor, Helen (2023) Researcher wellbeing and secondary trauma: A theoretical framework and protocol to improve practice. In: Thinking Theory, Research & Practice: The Feminist Politics of Social Justice, LEX, VAWGRN, FRAN, and CSEL Joint Conference, 9-10 Nov 2023, University of Liverpool. (Unpublished)

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Research ethics procedures have substantially improved over the last three decades, but, despite this, researchers’ wellbeing is often overlooked. This is particularly concerning when researching topics that may cause secondary trauma for the researcher. The British Psychological Society (2020) state that the symptoms of secondary trauma are alike to the symptoms of posttraumatic stress ‘disorder’ felt by a victim-survivor of a direct traumatic event. Secondary trauma can be experienced at any time in a research project, including interviews, coding quantitative/qualitative data, reviewing the literature or during policy campaigning. Symptoms of secondary trauma include distressing thoughts, avoidance, limited concentration/sleep, and alterations in mood. This paper draws on decades of experience (see Skinner et al, forthcoming), and a review of existent literature, to adapt Bronfenbrenner’s (1994, 2005) ecological model to aid understanding of how secondary trauma in research can be addressed and to develop a protocol to help individuals/managers/institutions reduce risk and enhance wellbeing.

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Depositing User: Nicola Roberts


Item ID: 17108
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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2023 13:04
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 13:04


Author: Nicola Roberts ORCID iD
Author: Tina Skinner
Author: Jade Bloomfield-Utting
Author: Sophie Geoghegan-Fittall
Author: Olivia Smith
Author: Saffy Sweetland
Author: Helen Taylor

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Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences


Social Sciences > Criminology

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