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Situation-specific stressors and training for police.
NIOSH 1975 Dec; :50-59
The use of film vignettes to produce situation-specific stress for training police officers is described, and the results of a test measuring traumas and positive experiences affecting the job of a police officer are related to vulnerability of police to stress. The film vignettes employ subjective camera techniques in order to maximally involve viewers and include content such as various supervisor-supervisee interactions, non-enforcement interactions with the public (as in overhearing negative expressions toward the police), traffic ticketing situations, emotionally aroused or distraught persons, racial incidents, student demonstrations, etc. The training vignettes are considered worthwhile and meaningful for police work by 32 Illinois State troopers. An assessment of the effectiveness of the training gave mixed quantitative results but with a subjective evaluation that they were worthwhile. The results of questionnaires regarding positive experiences (strens) and traumas from 58 police officers are considered to indicate that officers having strens will be less affected by ongoing police stressors.
Psychological-stress; Psychological-tests; Personnel-development; Personality-traits; Behavior; Psychological-responses; Performance-capability; Screening; Law-enforcement-officers; Patrolmen; Human-factors
Job Stress and the Police Officer: Identifying Stress Reduction Techniques, Proceedings of a Symposium, Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Science, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio HEW Publication No. (NIOSH) 76-187
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