The Factors of Compassion Fatigue among Guidance Counselors


The research was about the compassion fatigue and its contributing factors among ninety-two (92) guidance counselors. This study aimed to explore variables which were factors of compassion fatigue analyzing work-related factors, personality traits, and demographic factors utilizing the following instruments: Professional Quality of Life scale (ProQOLs), NEO PI-R, and Demographic questionnaire. The study focused on different schools in Central Luzon - Region 3, Philippines. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression stepwise method was utilized in the study. Findings indicated that participants were describe to have low levels of burnout and low levels of secondary trauma stress as elements of compassion fatigue. Personality traits of the participants were described to have low level of neuroticism; average levels of extraversion; average levels of openness to experience; high level of agreeableness; and high levels of conscientiousness. Multiple regression stepwise method confirmed personality trait neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness as predictors of burnout with a variability of 40%. Likewise, salary as work-related factor confirmed to be predictor of burnout with a variability of 4.7%. Similarly, personality trait neuroticism is confirmed to predict secondary trauma stress with a variability of 21.9%. Based on the two elements of compassion fatigue, neuroticism was found out to be the best predictor among personality traits.

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Rhenan D. Estacio, Centro Escolar University and City College of Angeles, Philippines

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Conference: ECLL2019
Stream: Psychology of the learner

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