Professional Quality of Life and Affective Distress Among Prelicensed Counselors

Heather J. Fye, Ryan M. Cook, Youn Jeng Choi, Eric R. Baltrinic

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We investigated the relationships between individual and occupational demographic variables, professional quality of life (i.e., compassion satisfaction, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress), and affective distress (i.e., depression, anxiety, and stress) in a sample of 524 prelicensed counselors. Using structural equation analysis, we found statistically significant relationships between the professional quality of life and affective distress latent variables. Implications for supporting the needs of prelicensed counselors in supervision are discussed. Study limitations and suggestions for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-439
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the American Counseling Association. All rights reserved.


  • anxiety
  • depression
  • prelicensed counselors
  • professional quality of life
  • stress


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