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Police Officers, Mental (ill-) Health and Spoiled Identity

Bullock, Karen and Garland, Jon (2017) Police Officers, Mental (ill-) Health and Spoiled Identity Criminology & Criminal Justice, 18 (2). pp. 173-189.

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This article considers the processes through which some police officers with mental ill-health experience stigmatisation in police organisations. Situated in the sociological framework of Goffman (1963) and in modified labelling theory (Link et al. 2004, inter alia) it draws on the findings of a qualitative study and examines the sources of stigma embedded in police work, the consequences of stigma for the labelled officer, the nature of any resistance to the application of the label, and approaches to challenging stigma within the policing context. It suggests that in order to tackle these negative attitudes constabularies must do more to address the processes of stigmatisation associated with mental ill-health at the individual and institutional levels.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Date : 7 March 2017
DOI : 10.1177/1748895817695856
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : police officers, stigma, mental health, labelling, police occupational cultures
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Feb 2017 17:01
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:12

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