A systematic literature review of the career choice of helping professionals who have experienced cumulative harm as a result of adverse childhood experiences

Bryce, India ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3616-8003 and Pye, David and Beccaria, Gavin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4341-804X and McIlveen, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9516 and du Preez, Jan (2021) A systematic literature review of the career choice of helping professionals who have experienced cumulative harm as a result of adverse childhood experiences. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. ISSN 1524-8380

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Abstract

The pervasive effects of cumulative harm resulting from adverse childhood experiences influence all aspects of an individual’s life course. Research highlights a relationship between early trauma and career choice; however, there is a dearth of research pertaining specifically to cumulative harm and the influence on career choice in the helping professions. A systematic literature review was conducted to explore the associations of cumulative harm and childhood trauma on career decision making in people in the helping professions. A search was conducted across databases between February 1990 and February 2019 relevant to searches combining three areas of interest: (a) 'childhood trauma', (b) 'career choice', and (c) 'helping professionals'. Database searches and further manual searches yielded a total of 208 articles, and 28 studies satisfied all inclusion criteria. Only studies that were peer-reviewed and published between February 1990 and February 2019 were included. The evidence from the review indicated that family of origin dysfunction, parentification, individual characteristics, and traits developed through adversity, and experiential motivations were associated with the career choice in the helping professions. Further research is required to explore different professional cohorts and the utility of life themes as both a source of data for research and reflexive practice in helping professionals.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 18 May 2021. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 01:17
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: cumulative harm, career construction theory, trauma, helping professions, career choice
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520199 Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380211016016
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42038

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