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NCJ Number: 99707 Find in a Library
Title: Post-Traumatic Stress - Study of Police Officers Involved in Shootings
Journal: Psychological Reports  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:(1984)  Pages:127-131
Author(s): J G Stratton; D A Parker; J R Snibbe
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: 60 deputy sheriffs involved in shooting incidents in the Los Angeles area completed a seven-page survey delineating their reactions to the shooting incident.
Abstract: Data suggest some significant demographic and psychological effects on these officers. 40 percent were in the Department for 6 to 10 yr., 73 percent of the shootings involved other police officers, and 91 percent of the incidents occurred on duty. A variety of psychological reactions were described, e.g., time distortion, sleep difficulties, fear of legal consequences, and various emotional reactions such as anger, elation, or crying. About 30 percent of the respondents felt that the shooting incident affected them greatly or a lot, about 33 percent only moderately and 35 percent not at all. The emotional responses to shootings appear to be as varied as the individuals involved. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): California; Police occupational stress; Police research; Police weapons use; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
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