Organizational Factors in Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Shaun Stearns
  • Charles C. Benight


This chapter targets the challenges associated with addressing secondary trauma and job burnout at the organizational level (including military, business, and community-based milieu), rather than the more common individual-level focus. A review of critical organizational structure and cultural factors that affect burnout and potentially STS are offered. Leadership style is also reviewed along with a number of individually based organizational factors (e.g., role conflict) that negatively impact job burnout. Finally, we offer a set of best practices for ameliorating STS and job burnout from an organizational perspective.


Burnout Occupational stress Military Leadership Organizational culture 


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  • Shaun Stearns
    • 1
  • Charles C. Benight
    • 1
  1. 1.Trauma, Health, & Hazards CenterUniversity of ColoradoColorado Springs, COUSA

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