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Experiences of Secondary Trauma among Study Staff for HIV and GBV Related Research in Low and Middle-Income Countries.
Research on structural and behavioral determinants of HIV risk often involves sensitive questions on difficult topics – drug and alcohol use, sexual behaviors, and experiences of sexual assault, trauma, and violence. We attempt to mitigate the psychological harms of evoking these experiences for participants through trauma-informed approaches to our study procedures and offering to connect participants to whatever psycho-social supports are available in the local study context. However, the real potential for secondary trauma along local study staff are often overlooked. This study uses qualitative methods to explore experiences of secondary trauma among current and former HIV study staff in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health
School of Medicine
the Kingdom of Eswatini