Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Malcolm Scott

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Kyeonghee Jang

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Brittany Baker


This study explored the impact of self-care, burnout and compassion fatigue on mental health social workers. This correlational study was designed to provide a fuller understanding of this relationship. Stamm’s Theory of Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue and Orem’s self-care deficit theory served as the theoretical foundations of this study. The sample included 38 members of Millwood Hospital and the three Excel Centers, who volunteered to participate in this study. Participants completed online versions of the demographics questionnaire, Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL), and Self-Care Assessment Work Sheet (SCAW). Correlation, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and multiple linear regressions were performed to test research hypotheses concerning associations between self-care and effects of burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction among social workers in healthcare settings. Study results indicated no significant correlation between self-care practices and participants’ level of burnout, compassion fatigue, or compassion satisfaction. However, the regression model revealed a significant association between external self-care practices and lower levels of burnout and compassion fatigue. Practice implications are highlighted and discussion of future research on the relationship among self-care practices, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction are discussed.

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