Women police: the impact of work on family members
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This study examines the experience of women police officers' work-related stress and how it affects the family, with a particular emphasis on factors in the work and family environment that reduce negative spillover between work and family. The authors administered open-ended questions in a focus group environment. 29 women officers in operational and nonoperational roles were recruited from a metropolitan police service (Queensland Police Service) and nearby rural areas. The authors findings indicate women experience the same sources of stress as male police officers, but not surprisingly, report gender discrimination as a major source of stress, and one likely to affect family. Like male colleagues, their work stresses particularly affect partners by affecting relationships. However, social support is a primary factor reducing stress for these women and may be more crucial for women in managing stress than for male officers.
Stress, Workload and Fatigue