In Their Own Words: The Impact of Indirect Trauma Exposure on Judges Presiding Over Cases Involving Minors Involved in Sex Trafficking

Ginny Sprang, Jennifer Cole, Christine Leistner

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Abstract

Though secondary traumatic stress has been researched extensively among professionals working with youth in diverse professions, there is limited information about judicial experiences working with trafficked youth. This qualitative study involves 82 interviews with juvenile and family court judges to understand the impact of indirect trauma exposure. Over 80% of respondents describe symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and countertransference responses. Notably, 20% with these symptoms also reported increased professional pride in their role performance with these cases. Implications for how judges can address the effects of indirect exposure are offered based on the literature and the recommendations of the respondents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute of Justice [2015‐MU‐MU‐0009]

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Keywords

  • child sex trafficking
  • judicial perspectives
  • secondary trauma
  • secondary traumatic stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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