Trauma resiliency training for police: psychophysiological and performance effects
2009 (English)In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, ISSN 0882-0783, Vol. 24, no 1, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 24, no 1, 1-9 p.
Primary prevention, Preparatory training, High-stress performance, First responders, Occupational trauma exposure, Trauma resilience
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-124794DOI: 10.1007/s11896-008-9030-yOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-124794DiVA: diva2:317981