School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, Correctional Officer, Professional Quality of Life, Secondary Traumatic Stress
Counseling Psychology | Other Psychology | Psychology
Arrows, Tiffany, "Validation of the Professional Quality of Life Model Among Correctional Officers" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1761.
Stress has significant effects on correctional officers’ physical and mental health. Given the risks involved in a career in corrections, development and implementation of preventive programs to address work-related stress has become a recognized need, and subsequently a call for increased research using standardized, established, and theoretically-driven models and instruments. This study sought to establish the Professional Quality of Life model as a valid and reliable measure among correctional officers, linking the population to the greater literature base of first responders and health care workers along the constructs of compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion satisfaction. Research questions to validate the model’s fit within the population and validity of the constructs were analyzed using a confirmatory factor analysis with a structural equation model approach. Correlations of the expected variable relationships of variables were also evaluated. Results support a moderate model fit of the ProQOL model among correctional officers.