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Secondary traumatic stress in police officers investigating childhood sexual abuse.

Hurrell, Amy-Kate (2015) Secondary traumatic stress in police officers investigating childhood sexual abuse. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

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Abstract

Background: Previous research has indicated that helping professionals working with traumatised individuals are susceptible to adverse effects which can be recognised as Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). Methods: This study employed a cross-sectional, quantitative design. An online questionnaire was completed by 101 Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) police officers in England and Wales. STS, coping strategies, anxiety, depression and demographic information was collected for all participants. Results: It was indicated that increased exposure to Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA), measured by number on interviews in the past six months, was associated to higher levels of STS. Positive coping strategies, negative coping strategies, anxiety and depression all had a strong, positive relationship with STS. Conclusions: This paper is a first step to understanding STS in CAIU police officers in the England and Wales. This area of research remains under-developed and would benefit from further attention in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Hurrell, Amy-Kateamy_kate_h@hotmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 October 2015
Funders : University of Surrey
Contributors :
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Thesis supervisorDraycott, Simons.draycott@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Thesis supervisorAndrews, Leannelandre@essex.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Depositing User : Amy-Kate Hurrell
Date Deposited : 09 Nov 2015 10:30
Last Modified : 30 Oct 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808872

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