SAGE Journal Articles
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Abstract: Stress and trauma experienced by police officers in the line of duty can have negative impacts on officers’ health and well-being. Psychological support is imperative to help officers maintain psychological well-being and to perform their duties efficiently. However, officers are often skeptical to seek psychological support. The reasons behind such skepticism vary. Specifically, officers may believe that clinicians do not understand police work. In addition, inquiries by clinicians into personal and early life experiences may be interpreted as attempts to patronize officers; as a result, police officers’ identities as those who serve and protect may be disparaged in the context of therapy. This article recommends a number of evidence and practice-based actions that clinicians may employ to approach police culture and develop effective clinical support for officers who suffer from the debilitating effects of police-related stress and trauma. Recommendations for empirical research and clinical practice are discussed.
Journal Article 1: Kumarasamy, M. M., Pangil, F., & Mohd Isa, M. F. (2016). The effect of emotional intelligence on police officers’ work–life balance: The moderating role of organizational support. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 18(3), 184–194.
Abstract: Work–life balance is a main concern for employees and employers alike, because a work–life imbalance can cause stress and health-related problems among workers. This study examines the relationship between emotional intelligence and work–life balance among police officers, and also the impact of organizational support as a moderator in this relationship. The data were collected from 1566 police officers in Peninsular Malaysia. Data was analyzed using the Partial Least Square (PLS) method. The results showed a significant and positive relationship between emotional intelligence and work–life balance. Organizational support was also found to moderate this relationship. These findings suggest that to achieve a work–life balance, police officers must have emotional intelligence, and the presence of organizational support would strengthen this relationship. Hence, in managing police officers’ work–life balance, it is important to enhance their emotional intelligence and implement organizational support policies.