Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 155–163

Measuring Compassion Fatigue


    • School of Social WorkUniversity of Georgia
  • Melissa Radey
    • College of Social WorkFlorida State University
  • Charles R. Figley
    • College of Social WorkFlorida State University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-007-0091-7

Cite this article as:
Bride, B.E., Radey, M. & Figley, C.R. Clin Soc Work J (2007) 35: 155. doi:10.1007/s10615-007-0091-7


This manuscript provides practitioners a gateway into understanding assessment instruments for compassion fatigue. We first describe and then evaluate the leading assessments of compassion fatigue in terms of their reliability and their validity. Although different instruments have different foci, each described instrument measures at least one component of compassion fatigue. The final section discusses three factors in selecting a compassion fatigue measure: the assessment domain or aspect of compassion fatigue to be measured; simultaneous measurement, and; timeframe of what is being measured. Finally, we caution about interpreting scores since the measures were developed as screening devices.


Compassion fatigue Secondary traumatic stress Vicarious trauma Assessment Measurement

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