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Career decisions by Australian police officers: Women’s perspectives


Howes, LM and Goodman-Delahunty, J, Career decisions by Australian police officers: Women's perspectives, 8th Australasian Women and Policing Conference, 25-28 August 2013, Adelaide (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Female police officers are recruited at lower rates and resign at higher rates than their male counterparts, yet their reasons for joining, staying in, or leaving policing are not well documented. This study compared reflections on career decisions by male and female Australian police officers (N = 182) who were staying in policing (n = 96), or undecided about staying (n = 57), and former police officers who had changed careers (n = 29). Responses were analysed in light of the kaleidoscope career model. Retention strategies to meet female police officers’ needs for authenticity, balance, and challenge are suggested.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:career change, decision making, qualitative research
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:105203
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-12-14
Last Modified:2015-12-21

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