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"Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker" Polisen & PTG

Rietz, Amanda LU and Tornberg Larsson, Frida LU (2016) PSYK11 20161
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether police officers who have been exposed to threats and violence in their profession have a higher degree of Posttraumatic Growth, PTG. PTG was measured in relation to threats and violence on the following parameters; psychological management, reactions which included current feelings of threat/anxiety and psychological influence. The respondents included 42 police officers who served in Skåne, Sweden. The ages ranged from 26 to 65 years and the majority of the police officers had served as police officers for between 10-13 years. A quantitative method was used in form of a questionnaire which included questions regarding exposure to threats and violence and the measuring instrument PTGI.... (More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether police officers who have been exposed to threats and violence in their profession have a higher degree of Posttraumatic Growth, PTG. PTG was measured in relation to threats and violence on the following parameters; psychological management, reactions which included current feelings of threat/anxiety and psychological influence. The respondents included 42 police officers who served in Skåne, Sweden. The ages ranged from 26 to 65 years and the majority of the police officers had served as police officers for between 10-13 years. A quantitative method was used in form of a questionnaire which included questions regarding exposure to threats and violence and the measuring instrument PTGI. The results indicated that police officers who perceive their ability to psychologically manage threats and violence better did not have a high degree of PTG. Regarding their current feelings of threat/anxiety, a higher degree of PTG was reported in the dimensions new opportunities, spiritual change and relationships with others. Those who believed that their mental health had been influenced by threatening or violent events reported a higher degree of PTG. The results suggest that PTG can develop following exposure to traumatic events in form of threat or violence. Furthermore, the discussion is focused on how the results may be relevant for the Police. Suggestion for future research is a larger selection of police officers. Another suggestion is to include personal factors as personality, cognitive processing, social support and social desirability. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Syftet med studien var att undersöka om poliser som exponerats för hot och våld i yrket hade en högre grad av Posttraumatic Growth, PTG. Studien fokuserade på att mäta PTG i relation till hot och våld på följande parametrar; psykologisk hantering, reaktioner i form av hur rädda de kände sig i dag och psykisk påverkan. Respondenterna var 42 poliser från Skåneregionen. Åldrarna varierade från 26 till 65 år och majoriteten hade tjänstgjort inom Polisen mellan 10-13 år. Metoden var kvantitativ och en enkät användes som innehöll frågor som berörde hot- och våld exponering samt mätinstrumentet PTGI. Resultatet visade att poliser som ansåg sig psykologiskt hantera hot och våld bättre inte hade en högre grad av PTG. Vad det gällde efterrädsla... (More)
Syftet med studien var att undersöka om poliser som exponerats för hot och våld i yrket hade en högre grad av Posttraumatic Growth, PTG. Studien fokuserade på att mäta PTG i relation till hot och våld på följande parametrar; psykologisk hantering, reaktioner i form av hur rädda de kände sig i dag och psykisk påverkan. Respondenterna var 42 poliser från Skåneregionen. Åldrarna varierade från 26 till 65 år och majoriteten hade tjänstgjort inom Polisen mellan 10-13 år. Metoden var kvantitativ och en enkät användes som innehöll frågor som berörde hot- och våld exponering samt mätinstrumentet PTGI. Resultatet visade att poliser som ansåg sig psykologiskt hantera hot och våld bättre inte hade en högre grad av PTG. Vad det gällde efterrädsla rapporterades högre grad av PTG på dimensionerna nya möjligheter, andlig förändring och relationer till andra. De som ansåg att den psykiska hälsan blivit påverkad rapporterade högre PTG. Resultatet visade att PTG kan utvecklas efter traumatiska händelser i form av hot eller våld. Vidare diskuterades även hur resultaten skulle kunna vara relevanta för Polisen. Förslag till framtida forskning är ett större urval poliser och forskning som inkluderar personliga faktorer som exempelvis personlighet, kognitiv bearbetning, socialt stöd och social önskvärdhet. (Less)
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Rietz, Amanda LU and Tornberg Larsson, Frida LU
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PSYK11 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Posttraumatic growth, police, threat, traumatic event., violence, Posttraumatisk mognad, Polisen, hot, våld, traumatisk händelse
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Swedish
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8877646
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2016-06-08 11:04:39
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  author       = {Rietz, Amanda and Tornberg Larsson, Frida},
  keyword      = {Posttraumatic growth,police,threat,traumatic event.,violence,Posttraumatisk mognad,Polisen,hot,våld,traumatisk händelse},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker" Polisen & PTG},
  year         = {2016},
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