Stress and the Police Officer

Stress and the Police Officer

by Katherine W. Ellison, John L. Genz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0398048290

ISBN-13: 9780398048297

Pub. Date: 09/01/1983

Publisher: Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Limited

During a police career, the men and women of police agencies are exposed to distressing events that go far beyond the experiences of the ordinary citizen, and there is increased need today to help police officers deal with these stressful experiences, especially as police work becomes increasingly complex. The goal of this timely second edition is to provide law

Overview

During a police career, the men and women of police agencies are exposed to distressing events that go far beyond the experiences of the ordinary citizen, and there is increased need today to help police officers deal with these stressful experiences, especially as police work becomes increasingly complex. The goal of this timely second edition is to provide law enforcement administrators and officers with the most current information and skills in identifying and dealing with personnel facing police stress and its subsequent counterproductive behaviors. A discussion of the nature of stress and stress in policing opens the text. The author then discusses recognizing stress reactions and examines organizational and supervisory strategies for stress management, including techniques that minimize pressure and improve performance. Techniques and cognitive strategies for individual stress management, such as physical fitness, relaxation, time and money management, and changing beliefs that are stressful and irrational are also described. Chapters include: The Nature of Stress, Stress and Coping, Stress in Policing, Stressors for Special Groups, Recognizing Stress Reactions, Techniques for Individual Stress Management I, Techniques for Individual Stress Management II: Cognitive Strategies, Support Strategies, Organizational Strategies for Stress Management, and Suggestions for Training. Written for trainers, decision makers, administrators, supervisors, officers, and social scientists, this text will assist the reader to better understand and overcome the challenges of stress faced in law enforcement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780398048297
Publisher:
Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1983
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1.The Nature of Stress3
Introduction3
Definition5
Research on Stress6
Pressures8
2.Stress and Coping23
Introduction23
Physiological Responses to Stressful Events25
Psychological Responses to Stressful Events30
3.Stress in Policing48
The Nature of Police Work48
Stress in Policing-Problems with the Evidence49
The Evidence-Stressors51
The Evidence-Stress Reactions54
Categories of Stressors61
Summary70
4.Stressors for Special Groups71
Introduction71
Ethnic Minority Officers72
Women Officers73
Civilian Personnel76
Gay and Lesbian Officers77
Small and Rural Departments78
The Family79
Higher Education81
Special Assignments82
5.Recognizing Stress Reactions88
Introduction88
Recognizing Stress Reactions in Others89
6.Techniques for Individual Stress Management I94
Introduction94
A Note About Self-help95
Goal Setting96
Time Management97
Financial Planning99
Physical Fitness101
Nutrition104
Rest105
Meditation105
Progressive Relaxation107
Biofeedback108
Hypnosis109
7.Techniques for Individual Stress Management II: Cognitive Strategies110
Introduction110
Irrational Thought Patterns112
Alternative Ways of Thinking: Guidelines for a Low-Stress Life-Cognitive Style118
Stress Inoculation Training121
Anger Management123
Differential Effectiveness of Strategies124
8.Support Strategies126
Introduction126
Informal Support127
Formal Peer Support Programs128
Debriefing130
Professional Help132
Psychoactive Medication135
The Chaplaincy135
Conclusion136
9.Organizational Strategies for Stress Management137
Introduction137
Prevention139
Selection142
Training143
Officers "At Risk"143
Mental Health Professionals144
10.Suggestions for Training147
Introduction147
Notes on Training Methods150
Curriculum Core151
Command Personnel153
First-line Supervisors155
Especially Stressful Assignments156
First-line Officers156
Recruit Training158
The Family159
Case Materials159
Appendix AIntroduction to Research Methods167
Appendix BResources, Tips and Gimmicks172
Bibliography179
Name Index203
Subject Index209

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