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Stress Shield: A Model of Police Resiliency


Paton, D and Violanti, JM and Johnston, P and Burke, KJ and Clarke, J and Keenan, D, Stress Shield: A Model of Police Resiliency, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 10, (2) pp. 95-108. ISSN 1522-4821 (2008) [Refereed Article]


This paper discusses the development of a new model of police officer resiliency. Following Antonovsky's definition of resilience, the model is built on the view that the resilience of a person or group reflects the extent to which they can call upon their psychological and physical resources and competencies in ways that allow them to render challenging events coherent, manageable, and meaningful. The model posits that a police officer s capacity to render challenging experiences meaningful, coherent, and manageable reflects the interaction of person, team, and organizational factors. The paper argues that a model that encompasses these factors can be developed using theories drawn from the literatures of occupational health and empowerment. The development of the model is also informed by the need to ensure that it can accommodate the importance of learning from past experiences to build resilience in ways that increase officers ' capacity to adapt to future risk and uncertainty. By building on recent empirical research, this paper outlines a new multi-level model of resilience and adaptive capacity. The Stress Shield model of resilience integrates person, team and organizational factors to provide a proactive framework for developing and sustaining police officer resilience. © 2008 Chevron Publishing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:police, stress, trauma, resiliency model
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Workplace safety
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
UTAS Author:Burke, KJ (Dr Karena Burke)
ID Code:54554
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-02-25
Last Modified:2009-03-17

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