What makes a happy cop? Longitudinal predictors of police officer well-being

Burke, Karena J., Paton, Douglas, & Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E. (2008) What makes a happy cop? Longitudinal predictors of police officer well-being. In Voudouris, Nicholas & Mrowinski, Vicky (Eds.) 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, 23-27 September 2008, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

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There is a predonimant belief within both scientific and lay populations that policing is a stressful occupation, byvirtue of officers' exposure to sressful and traumatic events. However, much of the research conducted with police personnel fails to consider the role of the organisation in facilitating and maintaining employee well-being. Furthermore, it is now widely argued that individual factors (eg. personality) have a differential impact pn responses to stressful and traumatising events. This paper presents an overview of changes in stress and coping as officers move from recruits to the completion of their probation (a period of 20 months), and is a small portion of data from a multi-method longitudinal study of police officer well-being. In the larger study changes in stress and satisfaction were charted and the implications of prior traumatic experience/s, personality and coping response to occupational experiences were examined.

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ID Code: 18248
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Police, Organisational, Trauma, Stress
ISBN: 9780909881368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 10 May 2009 23:35
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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