skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 229176 Find in a Library
Title: Health in Hobbies: Pursuing Activities Outside of the Squad Room Can Relieve Job-Related Stress
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:46,48,53
Author(s): Michelle Perin
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article promotes police officers' pursuit of hobbies in their off-duty hours as a way of reducing stress, enjoying refreshing activities with family members, and perhaps developing an income-producing pursuit after retirement.
Abstract: The theme of the article is that the development of satisfying, challenging, and interesting hobbies outside of police work is important if not essential to the mental health of a police officer. Some examples of hobbies that officers have pursued include baking cookies and holding baking classes for other officers, glass blowing, making and flying kites with one's children, and making custom memorial wreaths for the families of officers and veterans who have died. If possible, family should be included in hobby activities. This involves not only the therapeutic effect of a refreshing activity but also the therapeutic effect of sharing time and interesting activities with family members. Some of the hobbies developed in off-duty hours lend themselves to becoming a business after retirement, or at the very least providing a challenging and enjoyable pursuit to relieve the boredom and restlessness many officers experience in retirement.
Main Term(s): Police occupational stress
Index Term(s): Mental health; Police family issues; Recreation; Stress management
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.