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Exposure to duty-related incident stressors in urban firefighters and paramedics.
Beaton R; Murphy S; Johnson C; Pike K; Corneil W
J Trauma Stress 1998 Oct; 11(4):821-828
Little is known about the variables that might be associated with posttraumatic stress symptomatology in high-risk occupational groups such as professional firefighters and paramedics. A sample of 173 urban professional firefighter/EMT's and firefighter/paramedics rated and ranked the stressfulness of 33 actual and/or potential duty-related incident stressors. They also reported whether they had experienced each of these incident stressors within the past 6 months and, if they had, to recall on how many occasions within the past 6 months. A principal components analysis of their rescaled incident stressor ratings yielded five components: Catastrophic Injury to Self or Co-worker, Gruesome Victim Incidents, Render Aid to Seriously Injured, Vulnerable Victims, Minor Injury to Self and Death & Dying Exposure.
Risk factors; Stress; Fire fighters; Fire fighting; Fire hazards; Hazardous materials; Occupational hazards; Sampling; Injuries; Occupational exposure; Paramedical services; Emergency responders; Emergency response; Traumatic injuries; Stress; Humans
Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, Box 357263, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-7263
Issue of Publication
Journal of Traumatic Stress
University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington
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