According to a just-published survey of 96 U.S. immigration judges, the men and women deciding delicate asylum cases are stressed and burned-out to the point that the term “asylum” begins to have unpleasant connotations.
The U.C. San Francisco study claims that judges are rampantly suffering from “secondary traumatic stress” and job burnout — at higher levels than prison wardens or hospital doctors — and this affects their decision-making abilities. Good decision-making, last we checked, is still fairly high on a judge's priorities list.
The judges took a pair of psychological tests: The Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (which is not a gauge of jaw-related maladies from overuse of chewing tobacco). These are not desirable tests to score high on — but the judges did.