The Rewards of Caring: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Experiences of Compassion Satisfaction in Psychologists Working with Justice-Involved Youth

Title: The Rewards of Caring: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Experiences of Compassion Satisfaction in Psychologists Working with Justice-Involved Youth

Description: The phenomenon of compassion satisfaction (CS) may help to explain how some helping professionals are protected from work-related harm and may even feel rewarded by their work. Simply put, CS is defined as the pleasure gained from helping others in the course of one’s work. Although evidence of the positive effects of CS is growing, there are still major gaps in the CS literature. More specifically, many studies on CS are quantitative and not representative of all areas of helping. There are currently no qualitative studies exploring CS from the perspective of psychologists who work with justice-involved youth (JIY). Given the specific challenges of working within the justice system, psychologists who work with JIY represent a unique perspective within the helping professions. Thus, the purpose of this Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis study is to build an understanding of CS from the novel perspective of psychologists who work with JIY. My specific research questions are: (a) What are psychologists’ experiences of CS when working with JIY?; and (b) What does CS mean for psychologists in this context? The results of this study may help inform a more contextualized understanding of CS as well as strategies for promoting CS across diverse areas of helping.

Specifics: Study Population
I am recruiting registered psychologists from across Canada. To be eligible to participate, they must: (a) work with youth who are accused of crime, and (b) conduct counselling of some kind with these youth.

Participant Obligation
Participants will be asked to complete a semi-structured interview (~60-90 minutes); review their transcript (~20 minutes); and a follow-up interview (~30 minutes). Interviews can occur through video software or telephone.

To participate contact chaldane@ualberta.ca

Location: Online - Edmonton, Alberta.

Project lead: Chayse Haldane. Supervisor: Jessica K. Van Vliet

Study Dates: August 30, 2021 to August 30, 2022