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No burnout at this coal-face: managing occupational stress in forensic personnel and the implications for forensic and criminal justice agencies

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Kelty, SF and Gordon, H, No burnout at this coal-face: managing occupational stress in forensic personnel and the implications for forensic and criminal justice agencies, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 22, (2) pp. 273-290. ISSN 1321-8719 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

DOI: doi:10.1080/13218719.2014.941092

Abstract

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Working as a police officer, psychiatric intern, crime scene expert or forensic physician can be stressful and these occupations have high burnout rates. Almost 20% of police officers and other justice-related emergency management personnel develop heightened occupational stress. In some Australian law-enforcement agencies, attrition rates of close to 50% over 3 years have been reported for forensic practitioners and crime scene examiners (CSEs). Included in these rates are a large number of CSEs who report long-term psychological injury due to their exposure to serious crime scenes. We interviewed 19 CSEs designated by their workplaces as performing at a high level to determine how they manage this stressful occupational. The CSEs were aware of the potential stress of their occupation and actively engaged in self stress-management strategies. In this article, we overview the results with attention given to why forensic organizations should invest in promoting stress-management strategies in their employees.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:justice agencies, occupational stress, resiliency, stress management
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Kelty, SF (Dr Sally Kelty)
Author:Gordon, H (Miss Heidi Gordon)
ID Code:109055
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-18
Last Modified:2016-11-16
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