Vicarious Trauma in Interpreters

ID: 3656
School: TBD
Program: TBD
Status: Completed
Start date: May 2019
End Date: July 2020

Description

Vicarious traumatization is the pervasive and cumulative effect on an individual that results from working with traumatized individuals due to having an empathic connection with these individuals (McCann & Pearlman, 1990). Vicarious traumatization is understood as the changes a professional experience in his or her inner world due to the cumulative effect of exposure to a client's traumatic material (Pearlman & Saaktvine, 1995). This phenomenon is an occupational hazard that has been found to affect human service providers (Pearlman & Saaktvine, 1995; Hammerslough, 2005). Sign language interpreters are not exempt from the pervasive effects of vicarious traumatization (Harvey, 2001; Harvey, 2015; Barreto Abrams, 2018). Interpreters work in trauma-influenced settings where both hearing and Deaf consumers may discuss traumatic content, affecting the interpreter's life in personal and occupational contexts (Barreto Abrams, 2018). This study is an expansion of a pilot study and a pre-dissertation project that investigated the effects of vicarious trauma in sign language interpreters. This study will sample interpreters' vicarious trauma and coping strategies through well-established psychometric measures.

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2020

Barreto Abrams, J., Pick, L., & Corbett, C. (2019, November) Vicarious trauma in sign language interpreters: Exploring interpreters’ experiences of working in trauma-influenced environments. In Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Stress. Presented at the Work, Stress and Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Barreto Abrams, J.O. (2020). Vicarious Trauma as a Psychosocial Occupational Hazard in the Field of Sign Language Interpreting. (Publication No. 28029372) [Doctoral dissertation, Gallaudet University]. Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global.