This study examines the psychological effects of viewing disturbing media on military attorneys who are part of the JAG Corps. Twenty seven legal professionals who work with cases involving child pornography and sexual violence completed measures of secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD), burnout, perceptions of social stigma, and feelings of protectiveness and distrust towards others. A substantial number of participants reported poor well-being, though exposure to disturbing media was not predictive of these outcomes. However, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys differed significantly in severity of their perception of social stigma, which was linked to increased negative outcomes. Furthermore, qualitative results added to the growing pool of data related to effective methods of coping with exposure to disturbing media which may have important practical implications for the legal professionals who engage in this work.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sokol, N. L. (2014). Dirty Work: The Effects of Viewing Disturbing Media on Military Attorneys [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/317/
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