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The relationship between personality and compassion fatigue among future recreational therapists

Jason L. Scott, PhD, Angela Wozencroft, PhD, Steven N. Waller, PhD


There is a lack of research and understanding regarding how personality traits are associated with compassion fatigue (CF), particularly among recreational therapists (RTs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between personality and compassion satisfaction (CS), burnout, and secondary traumatic stress (STS). Using the ProQOL and the five-factor personality model with a sample of 60 university students, results indicate that personality traits are related to CF. In particular, this study suggests that the personality trait of agreeableness is important to the quality of life experienced by RTs.


personality, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, burnout, recreation therapy

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