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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Social work with sex offenders-Psychological aspects, Social workers-Job stress, Secondary traumatic stress, Labor turnover, Burn out (Psychology), Sex offenders, Turnover, Clinicians


This study is a qualitative analysis of interviews from 11 clinicians who work with sex offenders concerning the relationship between organizational factors, client and clinician characteristics and turnover. Initial findings revealed that the majority of participants did not struggle with turnover or turnover intention. Of participants who did experience turnover intention, factors cited as influencing turnover intention ranged from organizational factors, personal reasons and characteristic specific to the population. Vicarious trauma and burnout were also factors reviewed as influences of turnover and turnover intention. Other findings such as specific characteristics of the clinician, characteristics of the client, external/organizational factors, and specific effects of the work were discussed but not directly related to the clinician's turnover or turnover intention. Since the major predictor of turnover and turnover intention are organizational factors rather than personal factors or factors related directly to the population, there may be a great deal that managers and policy makers can do to prevent turnover intention among clinicians who work with sex offenders.




iii, 100 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 79-90)