Masters Thesis

Effects of job related stress and organizational stress on negative coping skills in law enforcement

The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of job related stress and organizational stress on negative coping behaviors in police officers. It was hypothesized that there is a positive relationship between job related stress and organizational stress in law enforcement personnel. This is a master’s thesis research project completed by utilizing an existing data from “Police Stress and Domestic Violence in Police Families in Baltimore, Maryland, 1997-1999,” survey that was put together and administered by the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, the Baltimore Police Department, and a research team from the John Hopkins School of Public Health. Index variables were created for job related stress, organizational stress, negative coping behavior, and demographics. Multiple regression analysis was used to test the hypothesis. Job related stress variable did not establish statistical significant on negative coping behavior and was therefore left out. Results of the study indicated that minority police officers within the department experienced greater organizational stress and were more likely to engage in maladaptive coping behaviors. Organizational stress was also positively associated with negative coping behavior. Results also suggest female police officers were more likely to engage in negative coping behavior as a result of organizational stress.

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