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Document ID (ISN)102213
CIS number 03-1477
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de mÚdecine du travail
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Paganon-Badinier I., Deschamps F.
Title Stress factors among police officers
Original title Les facteurs de stress des fonctionnaires de police [in French]
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.63, No.1, p.46-52. 16 ref.
Abstract Police work has been cited in numerous publications as being a particularly stressful occupation. Police personnel are among workers whose exposure to traumatic events, such as during help to victims of accidents or crimes, is a constant feature of their professional duty. Various studies have evaluated this stress by means of self-administrated questionnaires. It was found that stress among policemen did not differ significantly from that of other occupational groups, with several specific aspects, however. It is often the source of family conflicts. The maximum level of stress is found among policemen of intermediate rank, having 10 to 20 years of service and between 30 and 40 years of age. Perceived stress is higher for psychological and organizational stressors than for routine operational duties. An accumulating body of evidence suggests that policemen often suffer from the consequences of management errors and weak organizational systems, with resulting absenteeism.
Descriptors (primary) stress factors; police forces; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; neuropsychic stress; psychology of work organization; social aspects; stress evaluation; age-linked differences; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Mental stress and burnout