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Document ID (ISN)78729
CIS number 02-980
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gershon R.R.M., Lin S., Li X.
Title Work stress in aging police officers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.44, No.2, p.160-167. 54 ref.
Abstract To study the impact of psychosocial work stress on the health and well-being of aging workers, work stress, coping strategies and stress-related health outcomes were assessed and characterized in a sample of 105 police officers aged 50 years and older. The most important risk factors associated with perceived work stress were maladaptive coping behaviours such as excessive drinking or problem gambling (odds ratio (OR), 4.95) exposure to critical incidents such as shootings (OR 3.84), anxiety (OR 6.84), depression (OR 9.27), somatization (OR 5.74), posttraumatic stress symptoms (OR 2.89), symptoms of "burnout" (OR 5.93), chronic back pain (OR 3.55), alcohol abuse (OR 3.24) and inappropriately aggressive behaviour (OR 4.00). These data suggest that older workers in high-stress jobs may be at increased risk for work stress-related health problems, especially if they rely on risky health behaviours to cope with stress.
Descriptors (primary) older workers; police forces; risk factors; neuropsychic stress
Descriptors (secondary) alcoholism; depressive neurosis; human behaviour; violence; backache; hazard evaluation; statistical evaluation; mental health
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 stress and burnout
Alcohol and drug abuse
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Violence and terrorism
Older workers