School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
DJ Mattson, Michelle Barthlow
Compassion Satisfaction, ProQOL, School Counselor, Self-harm
Counseling | Education
Storms, Raymond Edward, "Causal Comparative Study of the Compassion Satisfaction of School Counselors Working with Students Engaging in Self-Harm" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3809.
School counselors have several responsibilities above ensuring students are in their correct classes. One of those responsibilities is assisting in a school crisis. The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to examine the compassion satisfaction of school counselors when working with students engaging in acts of self-harm. To identify the school counselors’ compassion satisfaction, the study researched the following two questions. RQ1: Is there a difference between the compassion satisfaction scores of high-experience counselors and low-experience counselors working with students engaging in self-harm? RQ2: Is there a difference between the compassion satisfaction scores of elementary-middle school counselors and high school 9-12 counselors working with students engaging in self-harm? The population of this study included 102 professional school counselors from 208 schools, which included 133 elementary schools, 45 middle schools, and 30 high schools in Central Texas. The researcher used the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL) to score the compassion satisfaction of school counselors. Furthermore, a casual-comparative design was used seeking to discover the possible causes and effects of school counselors’ compassion satisfaction. An independent samples t test was used to test hypothesis one. An ANOVA was used to analyze null hypothesis two. Neither null hypothesis was rejected at the .05 significance level. It is suggested that future research should focus on the compassion satisfaction of school counselors working with students engaging in self-harm in rural area schools using mixed-methods study, which includes both qualitative and quantitative data.