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NCJ Number: 137022 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Effects of Police Work: A Psychodynamic Approach
Author(s): P Bonifacio
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 244
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Publication Number: ISBN 0-306-43955-7
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book adopts a psychodynamic approach to explore the motivations, anxieties, psychological defenses, and resultant behavior of male police officers in urban settings.
Abstract: The author provides a theoretical overview of the psychodynamic approach to human behavior and discusses the concept of ambivalence -- the simultaneous feeling of love and hate -- that exists between the policeman and the public, the police department, his family and friends, and his fellow officers. A core section of the book examines the policeman's love and hatred for his job. Other chapters detail how policemen cope with ambivalence; outline the role of defense mechanisms as coping devices; and explore the issues of police stress, the police personality, myths of the "dumb cop," police corruption, and police brutality. The book concludes with a discussion of the problems of police officer alcohol abuse, suicide, marital difficulties, trauma, and line-of-duty injuries followed by proposals for addressing the pervasive influence of ambivalence on policemen; these proposals are addressed to the public, the police department, the officer's family and friends, fellow police officers, and the individual officer. 204 references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Psychological theories; Stress management
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