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Masters Thesis

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Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


African American clergy-Job stress, Secondary traumatic stress, Burn out (Psychology), Compassion-Psychological aspects, Black, Pastors, Compassion fatigue, Compassion satisfaction, Burnout, Stress, STS, United States


Since the formation of the Black Church in the US, the Black pastor has embodied multiple roles within the communities in which they serve. This study sought to explore how the potential spear heading of spiritual, social, political, environmental, advocacy, counseling, building, and organizing efforts affects the Black pastor in the United States. Specifically, the study examined how compassion fatigue, as measured by burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), and compassion satisfaction—are reported based on the administration of an electronic survey with both qualitative and quantitative components. Quantitative results show a significant negative correlation between compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction. Qualitative results suggest that burnout and stress is not just a major concern for Black pastors, but also a significant influence on decision making and preaching. Aiding Black pastors in achieving optimum mental health is integral to supporting the social, emotional, and psychological health of the Black community leaders.




iv, 53 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-36)