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Post-traumatic stress: study of police officers involved in shootings

Post-traumatic stress: study of police officers involved in shootings

Psychological Reports 55(1): 127-131

Deputy sheriffs (60) involved in shooting incidents in the Los Angeles, California, USA area completed a 7 page survey delineating their reactions to the shooting incident. Data suggest some significant demographic and psychological effects on these officers. Forty percent were in the department for 6-10 yr; 73% of the shootings involved other police officers; and 91% of the incidents occurred on duty. A variety of psychological reactions were described, e.g., time distortion, sleep difficulties, fear of legal consequences and various emotional reactions, such as anger, elation or crying. About 30% of the respondents felt that the shooting incident affected them greatly or a lot, .apprx. 33% only moderately and 35% not at all. The emotional responses to shootings appear to be as varied as the individuals involved.

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PMID: 6484070

DOI: 10.2466/pr0.1984.55.1.127

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