Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Alberta Frontline Shelter Workers
Their research revealed that 33 per cent of workers in the homeless serving sector experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Athabasca University researcher, Dr. Annette Lane, and University of Calgary researcher, Dr. Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff recently contributed “Traumatic Stress in Workers within the Homeless Serving Sector: The Impact of Organizational Factors,” to Multidisciplinary Approaches to Post Traumatic Stress: Causes, Consequences and Responses (currently in press).
These finding are significant, especially considering previous data cited in this research indicated that ten to 17 per cent of police officers, firefighters and nurses said they felt PTSD symptoms.
A variety of perspectives on their research was covered in a number of media reports. Read more on this coverage here:
- Andrew Jeffrey, “Homeless Shelter Workers across Alberta Struggling with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, study finds,” The Star Calgary, March 27, 2019.
- CTV Edmonton, “PTSD High Among Homeless Shelter Staff,” CTV News Edmonton, March 27, 2019.
- Ryan Rumbolt, “A Third of Homeless Shelter Workers Struggle with PTSD, ‘Compassion Fatigue’: Study,” Calgary Herald, March 27, 2019.