Compassion Fatigue: Communication and Burnout toward Social Problems

  title={Compassion Fatigue: Communication and Burnout toward Social Problems},
  author={Katherine N. Kinnick and Dean M. Krugman and Glen T. Cameron},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Quarterly},
  pages={687 - 707}
This study establishes the construct of “compassion fatigue,” encompassing desensitization and emotional burnout, as a phenomenon associated with pervasive communication about social problems. The study marks the first-known empirical investigation of compassion fatigue as it relates to media coverage and interpersonal communication about social problems. A telephone survey methodology was used to measure compassion fatigue among a general, adult population toward four social problems: AIDS… 

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