Accession Number : ADA139462

Title :   The Organization as a Stressor: A Police Perspective.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Tompkins,C L

PDF Url : ADA139462

Report Date : Jan 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 129

Abstract : Within the police profession the stress imposed by the physical hazards of the job are well documented. However, the problem is that police officers are inclined to rate the physical hazards of policing as less stressful than the organizational aspects of the job. This study will determine to what degree police officers perceive organizational demands and practices impacting their ability to effectively cope with the stress of their everyday job. Data for this study was collected from several different sources. A comprehensive review of pertinent literature regarding the concept of stress, stress models, police stressors, the organization as a stressor, and police cynicism was accomplished. The result of this study clearly revealed that police officers perceive their job to be more stressful than other professions. Furthermore, the study provided strong evidence that organizational demands and practices are perceived to be stressful to the police officer.

Descriptors :   *Police, *Stress(Psychology), *Organizations, Policies, Regulations, Supervision, Decision making, Literature surveys, Reports, Questionnaires, Workload, Criminal Justice System, Performance(Human), Theses

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE