Journal of College & University Student Housing
WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED INDIVIDUALS can have potentially negative impacts on professional support personnel, including cognitive decline, increased anxiety, and declines in physical health. Despite the responsibilities of resident assistants as crisis-responders, few studies explore how they are impacted by secondary trauma. This study sought to understand how specific aspects of the RA work environment relate to their self-reported levels of secondary trauma. Using a sample of RAs (N = 208), the researcher conducted a quantitative secondary analysis of an existing dataset assessing symptoms of secondary traumatic stress in RAs. Findings indicated relationships between a variety of environmental factors and self-reported symptoms of secondary trauma. Findings also suggested that the type of trauma students experienced impacted RAs’ self-report of secondary trauma.
Original Publication Citation
Lynch, R. J. (2019). Work environment factors impacting the report of secondary trauma in U.S. Resident assistants. Journal of College & University Student Housing, 46(1), 62-78.
Lynch, Robert Jason, "Work Environment Factors Impacting the Report of Secondary Trauma in U.S. Resident Assistants" (2019). Educational Foundations & Leadership Faculty Publications. 59.