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Conceptualizing Traumatic Stress in Police Officers: Preemployment, Critical Incident, and Organizational Influences

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Huddleston, LM and Paton, D and Stephens, C, Conceptualizing Traumatic Stress in Police Officers: Preemployment, Critical Incident, and Organizational Influences, Traumatology, 12, (3) pp. 170-177. ISSN 1534-7656 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1534765606294911

Abstract

The nature of police work exposes officers to the prospect of repetitive experience of critical incidents that can affect their well-being. A progressive move from an almost total focus on tertiary intervention to one that advocates proactive primary intervention and recognition that traumatic events can elicit growth outcomes has highlighted a need to expand both the range of predictor variables assessed and sequelae that they predict. Recognition that repeat exposure may complicate reactions and the fact that officers may enter police work with a prior history of traumatic experience also call for an expansion in the scope of traumatic stress research in police officers. This article examines how preemployment traumatic experience, multiple-duty versus offduty events, and the organizational context influence traumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth. It examines the role of these factors during the 1st year of police life and commences at officers' point of entry into police work. © 2006 Sage Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Social and Community Psychology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Enforcement
Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:41432
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-25
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