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Title: Workload, Stress, and Strain Among Police Officers
Journal: Behavioral Medicine  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1989)  Pages:5-18
Author(s): E Stotland; M Pendleton
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH34804-01
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes a study that evaluated the effects of high and low work loads on police officers relative to stress, strain, self-esteem, and interpersonal relations measures.
Abstract: Demographic characteristics and overall levels of stress and strain did not differ among this sample of 376 officers. However, the sources of stress and strain differed greatly among the two groups. Officers with a low workload indicated difficulties in interpersonal relations with peer, community, and supervisors as the sources of stress and strain together with concerns about self-evaluation. On the other hand, in officers with high work loads, stress and strain emanated from stressful events occurring in personal as well as professional lives. The differences between the sources of stress in high and low work loads officers are explained by social comparison, identity, or Selye's stress theories. 4 tables and 18 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Stress assessment; Work loads
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