Traumatic events not only affect the victims but also professionals that work with the victims (Figley, 1995). Trauma in the form of viewing disturbing media has been tied to negative outcomes such as Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and burnout (Perez, Jones, Englert, & Sachau, 2010; Stevenson 2007). The present study examined the effects of a resource, social support, on the negative and positive outcomes experienced by law enforcement officers exposed to disturbing media. I examined the relationship between overall support and negative and positive outcomes of exposure. The relationship was also examined for different sources of support: supervisor, coworker, and non-work support. It was found that higher levels of support were related to decreased levels of negative outcomes and increased levels of positive outcomes. Support was also found to moderate the relationship between exposure and STS, professional efficacy, and pride. Different sources of support also predicted specific outcomes.


Lisa M. Perez

First Committee Member

Daniel Sachau

Second Committee Member

Marilyn Fox

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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