Title: Post-traumatic stress symptoms in police officers following violent assaults : a study on general and police-specific risk and protective factors
Authors : Ellrich, Karoline
Baier, Dirk
Published in : Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume(Issue) : 32
Issue : 3
Pages : 331
Pages to: 356
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 363: Environmental and security problems
616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: Based on a study of 681 German police officers who were violently assaulted we analyze first general pre-, peri- and post-traumatic risk factors (e.g. trauma severity, psychological adjustment, social support) of post-traumatic stress symptoms, second police-specific factors (e.g. colleague support) and third differences in the impact of these factors comparing male and female officers. Using regression analysis we show that risk factors that were found to be important for the general population partly hold for the special group of victimized police officers. Regarding police-specific factors regular preparatory and follow-up sessions reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms, while facing legal action following the assault increases it. The findings also reveal that three factors are significantly more strongly correlated with post-traumatic stress symptoms for female compared to male officers.
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention (IDK)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1177/0886260515586358
ISSN: 0886-2605
1552-6518
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14382
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