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In the Hands of Another: Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout in ISL Interpreters

O'Connell, Shauna (2020) In the Hands of Another: Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout in ISL Interpreters. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout (BRN) in Irish sign language (ISL) interpreters. The primary aim was to investigate the prevalence/experience of STS and BRN from an ISL interpreter’s perspective. The secondary aim of this study was to consider if the visuospatial nature of the language impacted or exacerbated their experience of STS or BRN. This study recruited eight participants (Females = 6, Males =2), all of whom had above ten years working experience. Semi-structured interviews where then conducted using a Dictaphone to record, with the average time for interviews being 45minutes. The interviews where transcribed and analyzed using Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six stage method of thematic analysis. Conclusions of this study is that ISL interpreters are at high risk for STS and BRN with the visual spatial nature showing a potential to exacerbate this risk. Despite this conclusion it was noted interpreters displayed high levels of job satisfaction and peer support which the study recognizes as potential protecting factors from chronic levels of STS or BRN being presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 09:22
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4870

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