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Traumatized Scientists

Scientists are professionals who assume responsibility for systematically studying natural and social phenomena with the goal of creating, expanding, and utilizing knowledge. Their scientific endeavors are undertaken through various research techniques intended to provide both depth and breadth to the human experience and to understanding and maintaining our natural surroundings. As scientists engage in the study of topics that are experienced as being emotionally sensitive, painful, or traumatizing, they become susceptible to secondary or vicarious traumatic stress reactions that can affect their professional and personal well-being. These secondary traumatic stress reactions appear to be most common when scientists are immersed in the lives of traumatized subjects through the process of qualitative research.

Different models of scientific inquiry are based on different epistemological perspectives regarding the ...

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