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Document ID (ISN)109131
CIS number 09-237
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) West C., Bernard B., Mueller C., Kitt M., Driscoll R., Tak S.
Title Mental health outcomes in police personnel after hurricane Katrina
Bibliographic information June 2008, Vol.50, No.6, p.689-695. 39 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study examined symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) personnel who provided law enforcement and relief services to affected communities following Hurricane Katrina. Mental health outcomes related to personal and work-related exposures of police personnel eight weeks after the hurricane were surveyed by means of a questionnaire. Of the 912 police personnel who completed the questionnaire, 26% reported symptoms consistent with depression and 19% reported symptoms consistent with PTSD. For PTSD, risk factors included recovery of bodies, crowd control, assault and injury to a family member. Depressive symptoms were associated with rare family contact, uninhabitable home, isolation from the NOPD, assault and injury to a family member.
Descriptors (primary) USA; psychology of work organization; mental health; police forces; risk factors; disasters; emergency organization
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; symptoms; depressive neurosis; traumatic neurosis; complications of injury; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; violence; psychology and sociology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Psychological factors
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Psychology of work organization
Violence and terrorism