Cross Cultural Variations in Attitude towards use of Psychological Support Among Police Officers

Sajida Naz, Helen Gavin, Bushra Khan, M. Shahjahan Raza

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A body of literature exists that emphasises the importance of understanding attitudes and trends towards seeking psychological support in order to boost effective trauma management. In the context of police work, appropriate understanding and utilisation of support systems can help to gain mental preparedness and steadiness required to boost performance. The research reported here used a mixed methodological approach. Thematic and statistical analysis indicated that overall, the majority of police officers questioned preferred speaking to friends and family for psychological support or engaging in religious activities rather than consulting psychological services. A few of the police employed other techniques such as reading self-help books, and seeking religious guidance. Cross comparative analysis of anecdotal responses suggested significant themes around religion, affirmation, positive outlook, and trauma awareness. Importance and challenges related to individual differences in the use of psychological services are highlighted, along with recommendations to modify existing policies. These findings are clearly relevant to police, emergency, and relief workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalPakistan Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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