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Duty-related stressors and PTSD symptoms in suburban police officers.
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PMID:  9400075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the effects of duty-related stress on police officers. Using a sample of 100 suburban police officers, an anonymous questionnaire requested demographic information and included a measure of duty-related stressors, SCL-90-R, the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder scale of the Impact of Events Scale-Revised, and a locus of control scale. Also assessed was whether Critical Incident Stress Debriefing was experienced. The results showed significant correlations between scores on duty-related stress, somatization, and symptoms of PTSD. 13% of the sample met the DSM-IV (1994) diagnostic criteria for PTSD. Results of the regression analysis showed the best predictors for the diagnosis of PTSD were associated with the factor of Exposure to Death and Life Threat, which corresponds to the DSM-IV AI criteria. Finally, 63% of the respondents stated that a critical incident debriefing would be beneficial following an extremely stressful event related to duty.
H M Robinson; M R Sigman; J P Wilson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological reports     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0033-2941     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Rep     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-01-12     Completed Date:  1998-01-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376475     Medline TA:  Psychol Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  835-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Ohio 44115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / diagnosis,  psychology*
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
Personality Inventory
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Reproducibility of Results
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis,  psychology*
Stress, Psychological / complications*
Suburban Population*

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