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NCJ Number: 154210 Find in a Library
Title: Work-Related Stress in American Trial Judges
Journal: Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:71-83
Author(s): T D Eells; C R Showalter
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study aims to identify specific stressors in the work life of American trial judges, to assess the relationship of a judge's work environment to stress considered as response, to examine the relationship between stress as a response and psychological impairment, and to explore the moderating role of certain psychological factors on stress.
Abstract: Eighty-eight trial judges completed the National Judges Health Stress Questionnaire, the Judical Stress Inventory, and the Brief Report Inventory. The study showed positive correlations between stress and case variety, case backload, and pressure to move cases. The findings were consistent with research on stress in other occupations in terms of the importance of control over one's workday to contain stress levels. Factor analysis demonstrated that judicial stress could be classified by type of case, type of litigating party, purpose of a decision, judge's value conflicts, and seriousness of an offense. Finally, exercising judicial discretion and case management were found to be highly stressful work-related activities. The evidence regarding mitigating psychosocial factors was inconclusive. 4 tables and 40 notes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Judges; Stress assessment; Trial courts; Work attitudes
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