Author: Syma Akram
Supervisor: Tehreem Arshad
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study aimed to explore the relationship between work place stressors and psychological distress in police personnel. It was hypothesized that there would likely to be a positive relationship between work place stressors and psychological distress. Moreover, it was hypothesized that there would likely to be a positive relationship between operational police stress and organizational police stress. It was also hypothesized, operational police stress and organizational police stress will likely to predict psychological distress (depression, anxiety and stress). Sample of 150 police personnel of age 22-52 (M= 32.06, SD = 5.80) from Constable to Station House Officer (SHO) were collected from Capital City Police Office (CCPO=75) and Police Line Qilla Gujjar Singh (QGS=75) of Lahore. Police Stress Questionnaire (PSQ; McCreary & Thompson, 2006) & Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS; Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995) were administered on the police personnel. Preliminary analysis indicated moderate depression in 60 % police personnel. Severe and extreme severe anxiety was found in 41.3% and 43.3 % in police personnel respectively. Severe stress was found in 71.3 % participants. Pearson correlation analysis revealed significant positive correlation between work place stressors and psychological distress. There was also found significant positive correlation between operational police stress and organizational police stress. Regression analysis depicted operational police stress as predictor of depression, anxiety and stress. While organizational police stress was not found as predictor of depression, anxiety and stress. Overall, findings of the present research highlighted the dire need to enhance the wellbeing of police personnel.
Keywords: Work Place Stressors, Psychological Distress, Police Personnel.
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