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Predicting police officer job satisfaction : traditional versus contemporary models of trauma in occupational experience

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Karena Burke, D Paton
The dominant approach in examining stress andwell-being among police officers has, until relativelyrecently, focused almost exclusively on the risk of officer’sdeveloping psychopathology. This approach,drawn from the pathogenic paradigm, presupposes thatexposure to any adverse event can disrupt the capacityof those involved to function normally and assumesstress is predominantly a function of the operationalon-the-job experiences of police. However, recentresearch suggests that organizational characteristicsare just as, if not more, important than operationalexperiences in determining employee well-being. Thisstudy examined the relative contributions of daily operationaland organizational experiences to police officerjob satisfaction. One hundred seventeen currentlyemployed police officers responded to a paper-basedsurvey. A hierarchical regression analysis was conducted,and it was found that, as predicted, organizationalexperiences explained more of the variance injob satisfaction than operational experiences did.However, the pattern of results suggests that the relationshipsexamined are not linear in nature and thatthere may be a mediating pathway incorporating operationalexperiences between organizational experiencesand job satisfaction.

History

Volume

912

Issue

3

Start Page

189

End Page

197

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1085-9373

ISSN

1534-7656

Location

USA

Publisher

SAGE

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Tasmania;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Traumatology.