I recently posted a link to an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "A Crisis of Anxiety among Aid Workers." Since then, I have come across several blog posts and articles that discuss the vicarious or secondary trauma experienced by a variety of different actors who work and interact with forced migrants, so I thought I would gather them together for easier reference.
From the Field: Vicarious Trauma (Border Criminologies, April 2014) [text]
Helping Ourselves to Deal with the Pain of Others: Secondary Traumatization Syndrome and Vicarious Traumatization (Border Criminologies, Feb. 2015) [text]
"How Was Your Trip?" Self-Care for Researchers Working and Writing on Violence, DSD Working Paper on Research Security, no. 2 (SSRC, April 2014) [text]
"'It is a thin line to walk on': Challenges of Staff Working at Swedish Immigration Detention Centres," International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-being, 10: 25196 (March 2015) [open access]
"Ripples against the Other Shore: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on the Immigration Process through Adjudicators," Michigan Journal of Race & Law, vol. 19, no. 1 (Dec. 2013) [full-text]
"Second-hand Emotion? Exploring the Contagion and Impact of Trauma and Distress in the Asylum Law Context," Journal of Law and Society, vol. 40, no. 4 (Nov. 2013) [open access]
"Secondary Trauma among Caregivers Who Work with Mexican and Central American Refugees," Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, vol. 37, no. 2 (May 2015) [abstract]
- Note: While this article is behind a paywall, an eprint version of it may become available soon in the Univ. of Texas at El Paso Institutional Repository.
Self Care and Vicarious Traumatisation when Researching with Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GRAMNet, July 2013) [text]
"Self-reported Vicarious Trauma in Asylum Evaluators: A Preliminary Survey," Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 16, no. 6 (Dec. 2014) [full-text via ResearchGate]
The Sobbing Doctor: The Mask of Professionalism (Free Movement, March 2015) [text]
*"Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Refugee Children’s Forced Repatriation: Social Workers' and Police Officers’ Health and Job Characteristics," Global Journal of Health Science, vol. 7, no. 6 (2015) [open access]
*"Vicarious Resilience and Vicarious Traumatisation: Experiences of Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Australia," Transcultural Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 20 March 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]
Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience (Routledge, Feb. 2015) [info]