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PSYCHOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO CRITICAL INCIDENTS OF POLICE OFFICERS FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY

Snow, Eric (2013) PSYCHOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO CRITICAL INCIDENTS OF POLICE OFFICERS FROM THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Law enforcement officers are faced with critical incidents and stressful situations during their careers. During the past twenty years, officers from the New River Valley area of Virginia have endured four line of duty deaths, two school shootings, and numerous other extreme situations. Using survey data from members of five law enforcement agencies within the New River Valley, this study analyzed the psychological impact of various critical events as well as coping strategies utilized by participants. The results indicated nearly 26% of the sample (28 of 109 responses) met criteria for PTSD, PTSDI, or PTSDII. Of these people, only four of them were female (14%), which differed from most PTSD research that indicates females are twice as likely as males to meet PTSD criteria. Fifty percent of respondents (50 responses) reported that a line of duty death was their most critical incident. Recommendations for law enforcement administrators and for future researchers are included.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Eric S. Snow
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 11:54
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 11:54
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/147

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