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NCJ Number: 65994 Find in a Library
Title: EMOTIONAL CONTROL TRAINING AND RELATED STRESS REDUCTION METHODS
Author(s): B SWANTON
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Australia
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Woden Act ,2602, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: THIS PAPER PRESENTS STRESS CONTROL METHODS SUGGESTED FOR POSSIBLE ADAPTATION TO AUSTRALIAN POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMS.
Abstract: STRESSORS IN POLICE AND CORRECTIONAL WORK ARE NUMEROUS AND RANGE ACROSS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF A POLICE OFFICER'S LIFE. PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS TO STRESS STIMULI ARE INTENSE, AND CONTINUAL EXPOSURE TO STRESSFUL CIRCUMSTANCES CAN RESULT IN DELETERIOUS EFFECTS ON A PERSON'S PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. STRESS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO SUCH STATES AS ANXIETY NEUROSIS, DIABETES MELLITUS, HYPERTENSION, ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE, GASTRIC ULCERS, COLITIS, ICZEMA, DERMATITIS, AND PERHAPS MIGRAINE. EMOTIONAL CONTROL TRAINING IS AIMED AT REDUCING WORK-RELATED STRESS, AND THEREBY ENHANCING PERSONNEL OVERALL HEALTH AND WORK PERFORMANCE. ONE METHOD OF REDUCING INTENSITY OF REACTION IS HABITUATION. A PROGRAM OF TAPED PROVOCATIVE MATERIAL HAS BEEN GRADED IN SEVEN VIDEOTAPED SEQUENCES FROM MILD TO VIOLENCE THREATENING CONTENT IN ORDER TO MONITOR RECRUITS' STRESS REACTIONS TO ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR AND GUIDE THEM TOWARD DESIRABLE, CONTROLLED RESPONSES. SELF-RELAXATION, TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION, AND BIOFEEDBACK ARE OTHER METHODS USED FOR STRESS REDUCTION. POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMMERS SHOULD CONSIDER THESE METHODS WHEN DEVELOPING TECHNIQUES ACCEPTABLE FOR THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OF POLICE AND CORRECTIONS OFFICERS. REFERENCES ARE APPENDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Australia; Behavior modification; Behavior under stress; Foreign police training; Job pressure; Police occupational stress; Police stress training; Staff development training; Transcendental meditation
Note: PAPER PRESENTED AT SEMINAR ON TRAINING DEVELOPMENTS FOR PERSONNEL IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AUSTRALIA 1977
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