Stress Among Police Officers.
Hurrell-JJ; Pate-A; Kliesmet-R
NIOSH 1982 Mar:124 pages
Stress producing activities were assessed and related to attitudinal, emotional, behavioral, and health problems among police patrol (SIC-9221) officer. A total of 2,200 officers completed questionnaires which were analyzed for strain measures and for factors which were the best predictors of various strain outcomes. The lack of participation in job decisions, frustration with court leniency, and repetitive work were particularly stressful activities associated with police work. Job insecurity and role conflict were the factors most significantly associated with negative health and emotional state. Job related responsibilities were perceived to impede expectations in fulfilling other roles. There was an absence of notable effective problems such as anxiety, depression, and irritability. Officer ratings of work related self esteem were poor compared to ratings for other occupational groups. The frequency of divorce was excessive. The somatic complaint measures of strain showed many significant associations with job stressors. Relations with one's children and family and concern for safety were two social support measures receiving strong positive responses. Relationships between job stressors and strain were moderated by personality and social support factors.
NIOSH-Author; Worker-health; Occupational-exposure; Behavioral-disorders; Occupational-health; Toxic-effects; Safety-practices; Health-hazards;
NTIS Accession No.
NIOSH, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, NTIS PB83-195-321, 124 pages, 59 references