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Secondary traumatic stress in police officers investigating childhood sexual abuse

Hurrell, A-K, Draycott, Simon and Andrews, L (2018) Secondary traumatic stress in police officers investigating childhood sexual abuse Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 41 (5). pp. 636-650.

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Abstract

Purpose

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). The purpose of this paper is to explore STS in police officer’s investigating childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in the UK.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

It was indicated that increased exposure to CSA, measured by number of interviews in the past six months, was associated with higher levels of STS. Positive coping strategies, negative coping strategies, anxiety and depression all had a strong, positive relationship with STS.

Research limitations/implications

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.

Originality/value

This is the first known study of its kind in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hurrell, A-K
Draycott, Simons.draycott@surrey.ac.uk
Andrews, L
Date : 2018
DOI : 10.1108/PIJPSM-08-2016-0131
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018 Published by Emerald Publishing Limited Licensed re-use rights only
Uncontrolled Keywords : Stress, Police, Trauma, Investigation, Child sexual abuse, Sex-offenders
Depositing User : Users 8 not found.
Date Deposited : 16 May 2018 09:04
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:25
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846419

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