Stress in Policing
Sources, consequences and interventions
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Stress in policing remains a serious concern for individual officers, their families, their organizations and society at large. As an editor of the Psychological and Behavioural Aspects of Risk series, Ronald J. Burke brings together the latest research findings and intervention strategies, shown to be effective, by an international group of experts.
The contributors comprise of a group of high profile researchers and writers who are experts in their respective fields. This edited collection addresses such issues as:
- The increased risk of international terrorism
- Racial profiling
- Police Culture
- Police integrity
- Police suicide
- Inadequate police training
The work of police officers exposes them to sources of stress that increase several risks in terms of their psychological and physical health, their family relationships, physical injuries, emotional trauma, ambiguity about their roles in society. Shift work, and undercover work add additional burdens to officers and their families. Police work also places risks on the communities in which officers serve in terms of officers being inadequately trained to deal with mentally ill citizens.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction 1. Stress in Policing: An Overview (Ronald J. Burke) 2. Community-Oriented Policing: Implications for Officer Wellbeing (Charlotte Gill) Part II: Sources of Police Stress 3. Stressors in Police Work and Their Consequences (Jonathan Houdmont) 4. Balancing the Badge: Work-Family Challenges Within Policing and Recommended Supports and Interventions (Satoris. S. Culbertson, Ann Hergatt Huffman, Maura J. Mills and Chandler B. Imhof) 5. Gender Issues In Policing: Towards A More Viable Theory for Interventions and Research (Melchor D.De Guzman) 6. Policing Disasters: A Conceptual Model and Case Study of Police Resilience (John M. Violanti and Douglas Paton) 7. Shots Fired: Stresses and Strategies in Officer-Involved Shootings (Laurence Miller) Part III: Consequences of Stress in Policing 8. How Police Detectives Deal With Policy Alienation in the Investigation of Human Exploitation Crimes: Reinforcing or Counter-Balancing Fatalism (Kim Loyens) 9. Burnout in Police Work: Sources, Consequences and Remedies (Ronald J. Burke) 10. Preventing Officer-Involved Domestic Violence: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities (Karen Oehme and Stephanie Grace Prost) Part IV: Reducing Levels of Police Misconduct 11. Prediction and Intervention to Prevent Police Misconduct (Robert E. Worden and Sarah J. Mclean) 12. Early Intervention Systems and Prevention of Police Misconduct (Christopher J. Harris) 13. Reducing Police Misconduct (Kimberly. D. Hassell) Part V: Coping Interventions to Address Stress in Policing 14. Coping with Stress in Law Enforcement (Mark H. Anshel) 15. The Impact of Resilience Training On Officers Wellness and Performance (Rollin Mccraty and Michael Nila) 16. The Components of Stre
Ronald J. Burke is Emeritus Professor of Organization Studies at Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. He was Director of the PhD Program and Dean for Research. He was Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and has served on a number of editorial boards. He has published over 500 journal articles and edited or co-edited many books.
‘An excellent book detailing the organizational and operational stressors in police work, and the consequences for officers’ health and operational effectiveness. A wealth of research findings forms a knowledge base that will inform interventions, policies and procedures to reduce stress in policing.’ - Dr Astrid M. Richardsen, Professor of Organizational Psychology, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
'This is an excellent resource for those with a serious interest in the important topic of stress and policing. It provides a comprehensive overview of this complex area by accomplished scholars, and speaks to paths forward for both academics and practitioners.' - Dr Gene Deszca, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
'Job-related stress kills and cripples more police officers than criminals do. As a former cop and current researcher, I think Stress in Policing provides an outstanding and comprehensive review of this critical and timely topic.' - Bryan Vila, Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University, USA