Posttraumatic Growth and Professional Quality of Life: An Exploration of Mental Health Practitioners Working With Military Personnel and Their Family Members

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Fall 2012


Two exploratory factor analyses were conducted on the Professional Quality of Life (N = 202) and the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (N = 200). The first factor analysis revealed three salient factors (compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue and burnout) and the second revealed one factor. A multiple regression indicated a statistically significant relationship among three predictors--compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout--and posttraumatic growth. Of the three predictor variables, compassion satisfaction explained the most variance in the criterion variable: posttraumatic growth. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed no statistically significant differences among licensure memberships in levels of professional quality of life or posttraumatic growth.


Stephen Armstrong

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences