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Trauma resiliency training for police: psychophysiological and performance effects
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social Medicine.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, ISSN 0882-0783, Vol. 24, no 1, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study is to test the effects of police trauma resilience training on stress and performance during a critical incident police work simulation. Rookie police officers (N = 18) participated in a randomized trial of a 10-week imagery and skills training program versus training as usual. Twelve months later, psychophysiological stress and police work performance were assessed during a live critical incident simulation. Training resulted in significantly less negative mood, less heart rate reactivity, a larger increase in antithrombin, and better police performance compared to controls. Trends for cortisol and self-reported stress also suggested benefits of training. This novel training program is a promising paradigm for improving police well-being, stress resiliency, and optimizing job performance.

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2009. Vol. 24, no 1, 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
Primary prevention, Preparatory training, High-stress performance, First responders, Occupational trauma exposure, Trauma resilience
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-124794DOI: 10.1007/s11896-008-9030-yOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-124794DiVA: diva2:317981
Available from: 2010-05-06 Created: 2010-05-06 Last updated: 2010-07-30Bibliographically approved

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