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NCJ Number: 71014 Find in a Library
Title: Coping With Stress - A Psychological Survival Manual
Author(s): P D Bullard
Corporate Author: Proseminar Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 228
Sponsoring Agency: Proseminar Press, Inc
Portland, OR 97230
Sale Source: Proseminar Press, Inc
3330 NE 135th Avenue
Portland, OR 97230
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Addressed to police officers, this book analyzes the nature of stress, its causative aspects in police work, personality differences in reactions to stress, and practical measures for minimizing its effects.
Abstract: Stress is defined in terms of the sometimes conflicting relationship between internal needs and external demands. The physiological and psychological reactions to stressful situations are illustrated through two fictional police officers representing divergent personalities. One is characterized by reticence and calm objectivity--the slow reacting type, while his counterpart is quick in thought and action, ambitious, extroverted, and a seeker of adventure. Different as they are, both are vulnerable to stress. Heart failure and alcoholism are but two of the possible negative effects of extreme stress. Psychological defense mechanisms include callousness and social isolation, detrimental to personal as well as professional pursuits. Reaction to the crises of police work, a dramatic momentary failure or overreaction on the job, may be stress precipitated and might also, in turn, precipitate further stress. Assessing individual stress levels using life-change checklists to identify stressful personal problems such as death in the family, sex problems, financial difficulties, and even vacation and Christmas pressures is suggested. Recommended preventive measures against stress include the formation of a traumatic incident team of police officers to function as peer group counselors for troubled colleagues, professional leadership training, and goal-oriented personal improvement programs such as individual weight reduction and exercise regimes coupled with desirable rewards in contract form. The special conditions of policewomen are addressed, as well as general organizational practices which contribute to stress among police personnel. Behavioral changes, such as abstinence from stimulants, healthier diets, and exercise and relaxation habits, are recommended for improved professional performance as well as for personal satisfaction. Tabular data and illustrations are provided.
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Behavioral objectives; Job pressure; Police occupational stress; Police spouses; Police women; Role conflict
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