Compassion fatigue and behaviours that challenge in the classroom

Brodie Paterson, James Taylor, Jennifer Young

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Concerns regarding levels of stress and increases in the prevalence of mental
health issues have focused mainly on the general well-being of the teaching
workforce. In contrast, this paper examines the issues around well-being
potentially associated with the support of children whose distress may present as
behaviour that challenges. In doing so, it critically explores whether the concept of
'compassion fatigue' originally emanating in health care provides a compelling
explanation of the negative emotional consequences experienced by individuals,
teams and schools, and its implications for how we approach sustaining well-being.
The discussion concludes that the concept has utility and that its impact on
individual teachers and whole school well-being is potentially significant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-41
Number of pages16
JournalScottish Educational Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2021


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