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Job stress and the police officer: identifying stress reduction techniques.
NIOSH 1975 Dec; :26-34
Police work has been identified as one of a number of high stress occupations. Because of the importance of stressor identification and understanding, prior to the articulation and development of stress reduction techniques, this paper focuses upon the former. Based upon the author's experience as a police officer, over 30 alleged/implied sources of psychological stress are identified, discussed, and organized into six categories: intra-organizational practices and characteristics, inter-organizational practices and characteristics, criminal justice system practices and characteristics, public practices and characteristics, police work itself, and police officer him/herself. Collectively, the stressors appear to support the conclusion that law enforcement is a high stress occupation.
Law-enforcement-officers; Psychological-stress; Psychological-factors; Hazards; Psychological-effects
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-187
Job Stress and the Police Officer: Identifying Stress Reduction Techniques, Proceedings of a Symposium, Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, NIOSH, HEW Publication No. (NIOSH) 76-187
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