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Disaster-related post-traumatic stress in police officers: A field study of the impact of debriefing



Disaster-related post-traumatic stress in police officers: A field study of the impact of debriefing



Stress Medicine 14(3): 143-148



Eight and 18 months after police officers had responded to a civilian plane crash, we assessed symptomatology in 46 debriefed and 59 non-debriefed officers, using structured clinical interviews. The two groups did not differ in recalled pre-event or post-event distress. Eight months post-disaster, debriefed and non-debriefed officers did not diverge significantly on post-traumatic stress symptomatology. Eighteen months post-disaster, however, those who had undergone debriefing exhibited significantly more disaster-related hyperarousal symptoms. We discuss research findings on post-traumatic stress and debriefing, and make some recommendations for crisis intervention following trauma and for further research on the topic.

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DOI: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1700(199807)14:3<143::aid-smi770>3.0.co;2-s


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