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NCJ Number: 220107 Find in a Library
Title: Helping Probation and Parole Officers Cope With Stress
Series: NIJ Update
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reports on the methodology and findings of a study that identified the nature and scope of the stress experienced by probation and parole officers.
Abstract: The study found that correctional agencies were losing money, losing good employees, and jeopardizing officer and public safety due to work-related stress. Findings show that most of the work-related stress does not stem from physical dangers associated with probation and parole work, but rather from burdensome caseloads, overwhelming paperwork, and impossible deadlines. The study also found that the development of a stress-reduction program could relieve many of the adverse effects of stress. The study developed guidelines for establishing an effective stress-reduction program. It suggests selecting talented and committed staff with interpersonal skills, selling the program to administrators, ensuring confidentiality, assessing effectiveness, providing adequate funding, and reducing organizational sources of stress. The study methodology involved a review of published and unpublished materials on stress and related topics, a study of nine stress-reduction programs, and interviews with personnel at various levels of the American Probation and Parole Association. Researchers also conducted telephone interviews with individuals involved in five of the nine stress-reduction programs and had in-person interviews with staff at the other four programs. 8 notes and 2 listings for additional reading
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Correctional stress training; Corrections occupational stress; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole officers; Stress management
Note: From Corrections Today, February 2007.
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