Judicial Stress: A Topic in Need of Research

Jared Chamberlain and James T. Richardson

in Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199829996
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199301492 | DOI:

Series: American Psychology-Law Society Series

Judicial Stress: A Topic in Need of Research

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This chapter will explore the emerging issue of judicial stress, through a review of relevant research, policies, and procedures, and provide recommendations for future research and policy. Existing research suggests that judges experience stress from safety concerns, secondary traumatic stress, and occupational burnout. Gaps in the literature are delineated to identify some specific areas of focus for future researchers. Interventions designed to prevent and/or assuage judge stress are also outlined and ideas for future research are proposed to fill specific gaps in the literature. Finally, recommendations for policy and practice are provided, based on logic, anecdotes, and research findings. The dearth of recommendations based on empirical findings underscores the need for further research on the topic.

Keywords: stress; trauma; wellbeing; courts; legal system; judges; innovations; secondary Traumatic Stress; vicarious Trauma; compassion Fatigue; occupational Burnout

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Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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