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Hardiness and psychological distress in a cohort of police officers.

Authors
Andrew-ME; McCanlies-EC; Burchfiel-CM; Charles-LE; Hartley-TA; Fekedulegn-D; Violanti-JM
Source
Int J Emerg Mental Health 2008 Apr; 10(2):137-147
NIOSHTIC No.
20034379
Abstract
Since police officers are frequently exposed to high stress situations, individual differences in the response to stress and trauma are of interest. We examined the association of hardiness components (commitment, control and challenge) with depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and symptoms of general psychological distress in police officers. The random sample included 105 officers (40 women and 65 men) from the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Police Stress (BCOPS) study baseline visit. Components of hardiness were measured using a 15-item hardiness scale. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CES-D), PTSD symptoms were measured using the impact of events scale (IES), and symptoms of general psychological distress were measured using the Brief Symptoms Inventory (BSI). Associations were assessed using linear regression analysis. Models were adjusted for age, education and marital status. Because of significant gender interactions, analyses were stratified by gender. The hardiness control dimension was significantly and negatively associated with CES-D for both genders but was not associated with IES. Hardiness commitment was significantly and negatively associated with both CES-D and IES in women. Men had negative but non-significant associations for commitment with CES-D and IES. Hardiness commitment was negatively associated with the overall BSI score for both men and women but the association was only significant for men, though the strength of the association was stronger for women. This is likely a result of the impact of the smaller sample size for women. The magnitude of gender differences in these associations shows that for depressive and PTSD symptoms, the commitment dimension of hardiness may be more protective in female police officers than in male officers.
Keywords
Physiological-stress; Stress; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Age-factors; Education; Genetics; Police-officers; Emergency-responders; Author Keywords: Stress; depression; PTSD; hardiness; police
Contact
Michael E. Andrew, PhD, Epidemiologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Heakth Effects Laboratory Division, 1095 Willowdale Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505
Publication Date
20080401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mta6@cdc.gov
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-003772
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1522-4821
NIOSH Division
HELD
Priority Area
Services; Services: Public Safety
Source Name
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health
State
WV; NY
Performing Organization
University of New York at Buffalo
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