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NCJ Number: NCJ 205620     Find in a Library
Title: Stress Among Probation and Parole Officers and What Can Be Done About It
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This booklet summarizes the findings of a study of the causes of stress among probation and parole officers, the ways they cope with the stress, and promising stress-reduction programs for these community corrections officers.
Abstract: The major sources of stress for community corrections officers are high caseloads, excessive paperwork, and deadline pressures. These factors combine to limit the time officers have to devote to individual clients. Officers cope with this stress by taking "mental health" days off from work, requesting transfers, or retiring early. Physical exercise is the most immediate positive choice of officers for coping with stress. A program that helps prevent and relieve officer stress can save money, improve staff performance, and enhance the safety of officers and the public. It may also relieve stress on support staff, supervisors, and officers' family members. Agency administrators can tailor such programs to their agency's needs. Programs may be conducted in-house, or contractors can be hired. Some existing programs emphasize prevention, and others focus on the management of critical incidents. Some use peer supporters, and others use licensed mental health professionals. Additional program features include counseling and training in stress-management techniques, such as regular physical exercise. 8 notes, suggestions for additional reading, and appended brief descriptions of the nine stress reduction programs studied
Main Term(s): Correctional stress training
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress ; Probation or parole officers ; Corrections occupational stress ; Stress management ; Correctional officer stress ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: NIJ Research for Practice
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