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Title:The Psychological Sequelae of Police Work Stress: Exploring Potential Mediators and Moderators
Author(s):Abramowitz, Adrienne
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Berenbaum, Howard
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, Public Administration
Abstract:This study examined the degree to which several types of police work stressors (critical incidents, routine operational and organizational stressors) were associated with various kinds of problem behaviors (e.g., problem gambling, problem drinking), and explored several possible mediators and moderators of the relationship between work stressors and problem behaviors. Police patrol officers (N = 170) completed anonymous questionnaires concerning several kinds of on-the-job stressors, personality variables (e.g., impulsivity), post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD), and involvement in various problem behaviors. Although there was some evidence for a direct link between routine stressors and some problem behaviors, there was stronger evidence that workrelated stressors primarily affected officer involvement in problem behavior via three different mechanisms: (a) moderated by emotional confusion; (b) moderated by impulsivity; and (c) mediated by PTSD.
Issue Date:2007
Description:71 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290162
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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