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NCJ Number: 166594 Find in a Library
Title: I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need To Know
Author(s): E Kirschman
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 302
Sponsoring Agency: Guilford Publications, Inc.
New York, NY 10012
Publication Number: ISBN 1-57230-193-7
Sale Source: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Marketing Manager
72 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This self-help book is directed to police personnel and their families and provides practical information and guidance to help police and their family members cope with the stresses of police life and work.
Abstract: The text presents case examples and advice based on the author's experience as a clinical psychologist and consultant who has been working with police officers and their families for 20 years. Individual sections explain the physical, intellectual and emotional demands of police work and their impacts on police and their families. They also discuss the effects on the officer and the family of the amount of control a police officer can exert over occupational demands, the role of the organizational culture and the agency's leadership style, and individual factors such as the officer's personality and the quality and availability of family relationships and support systems. Further sections examine the issues of domestic assault, alcohol abuse, and suicide among police. Additional chapters present guidelines on the steps to and the issues to consider take when seeking counseling from mental health professionals and programs; discuss the special challenges experienced by policewomen, minority police, homosexual police, and police officers married to other police officers. The final chapter presents success stories and emphasizes the need for police officers to avoid becoming overly involved in their workplace families, to place their families first and manage intrusions from the workplace, and recognize and resolve difficulties in handling their adult relationships. Figure, lists of print and organizational resources, chapter reference lists, and index
Main Term(s): Police family issues
Index Term(s): Family support; Police occupational stress; Police spouse training; Police spouses; Police stress training; Police subculture
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