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Life satisfaction amongst police officers working in the area of child abuse investigation

Powell, Martine B. and Tomyn, Adrian J. 2011, Life satisfaction amongst police officers working in the area of child abuse investigation, International journal of police science and management, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 187-194, doi: 10.1350/ijps.2011.13.2.225.

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Title Life satisfaction amongst police officers working in the area of child abuse investigation
Author(s) Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Tomyn, Adrian J.
Journal name International journal of police science and management
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 187
End page 194
Total pages 8
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Place of publication Isle of Man, U. K.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1461-3557
1478-1603
Keyword(s) stress and policing
vicarious trauma
life satisfaction
Summary Child abuse investigation is an area of work reported to be associated with high levels of work stress. This potentially places professionals at risk of psychological harm and may lead to lower life satisfaction than in the general population. The current study examined this issue within a large sample of Australian police officers. Specifically, 214 officers working in the area of child abuse investigation responded to a single global measure of life satisfaction (LS) known to be highly related to other measures of subjective wellbeing as well as clinical depression. The results revealed that, irrespective of the officers’ gender or degree of exposure to child abuse cases, the mean score from LS score was within the expected adult normative range. Further, the overall incidence of low LS in this sample (1.9 per cent) was not significantly different from the general population (4.3 per cent). The implications of these findings for police organisations are discussed.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1350/ijps.2011.13.2.225
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Vathek Publishing Ltd.
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041549

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