The present study was conducted in order to compare outcomes across distinct occupations that are exposed to disturbing media. Using four previously researched samples, I compared results across negative and positive outcomes such as STSD, burnout, social support, and growth. Samples included employees in roles within federal law enforcement and military legal professions. Results indicated that there were some significant differences between occupations on levels of STSD, burnout, and social support. In addition, results showed all samples measuring growth were scoring within the mid-range of scores, indicative of some growth potential. These results also showed that exposure type (Indirect, Combined Exposure) may not be an appropriate classification for roles within disturbing media, as results were not conclusive. Future research should continue to explore disturbing media between varying occupational roles while including measures such as growth.


Lisa M. Perez

First Committee Member

Kristie L. Campana

Second Committee Member

Marilyn L. Fox

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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