A study of the effectiveness of early intervention as a means of primary stress management amongst probationary police officers

Kelly, NW 1996, A study of the effectiveness of early intervention as a means of primary stress management amongst probationary police officers , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Following the result of a pilot study (n=86) involving a number of probationary constables, experienced officers and retired officers which confirmed that police officers irrespective of experience or length of service reported finding the same types of incidents stressful, the author attempted to introduce the concept of primary stress management through a planned inoculation programme administered to an experimental group of 31 randomly selected male recruits who joined the Greater Manchester Police in the first three months of 1991. The experimental group were seen by the author within days of joining the police service whilst they were still resident at the force training establishment and prior to them having any contact with experienced operational officers. It was deemed essential to establish a good working relationship with the officers before they became subject to peer pressure as they attempted to adjust to their new roles and responsibilities. This early intervention was doubly important as the author is a senior officer in the force concerned and as the police service is by nature a disciplined organisation based on a strict rank structure it was important to build up a good working relationship with the officers prior to the authors rank influencing them in any way. It was hoped that through this early intervention it would be possible to influence the way in which officers perceived and dealt with stressful situations and the coping mechanisms they utilised, clearly there was nothing the author could do to prevent the officers coming face to face with violent and distressful situations as these are a regular feature of police life, but it was hoped to be able to prepare the officers for what lay ahead and in particular highlight the dangers in becoming insular and distant especially towards their families and non police friends. To test the success of the research project, a 72 item questionnaire based on the information that had been gathered during the pilot study was distributed to the experimental group of officers and two control groups, one comprising male officers only and the other female officers only (n=79). The results of the survey showed that generally speaking there was little difference between the responses of the various groups that could be attributed to the effect of the inoculation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 08:09
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61094

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