PUBLICATIONS

This page features our currently available presentations and publications, as well as information on our upcoming work.


Copies of our presentations and publications are available for download (where applicable). If you would like to reference our work, please use the citations provided below.

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SUPPORTING OFFICER ADJUSTMENT AFTER THE EXPERIENCE OF WORK-RELATED TRAUMA: A CLOSER LOOK AT FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORKS

Presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association

Abstract:

Police officers experience a variety of traumatic events that can have a debilitating effect on daily functioning and mental health. Previous research has found that after the experience of a traumatic event officers are more likely to seek help from friends and family members, rather than utilizing formal organizational supports. However, due to the specific nature of traumatic events, individuals outside of policing may not be able to provide effective social support due to their lack of knowledge and experience. As a result, the support provided may not address the needs of the individual, which can exacerbate the negative outcomes experienced. To address this, the presentation examines the unique nature of traumatic stressors within the support process and the implications for policing families. Recommendations will be made to address discrepancies and promote well-being for both officers and their families.



Citation: 

Hausdorf, P. A., Ewles, G., & Pitel, M. (2017, June). Post-traumatic effects, police officer coping and family supports in policing. Symposia presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

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