Police Officer Performance Under Stress: A Pilot Study on the Effects of Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal

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Authors
  1. Shipley, P.
  2. Baranski, J.V.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This study examined the effectiveness of visuo-motor behavior rehearsal (VMBR) as a method of reducing acute stress and improving police officer performance. Fifty-four recruits were randomly assigned to a treatment and a nontreatment condition prior to undergoing a highly stressful, critical event training scenario involving "live fire." A manipulation check showed that participants who received VMBR displayed significantly lower scores on the cognitive state anxiety subscale of the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2; somatic state anxiety and self-confidence were unaffected by the VMBR treatment. Most importantly, participants in the VMBR training condition displayed better performance on the critical event scenario, including significantly more assailant "hits". The findings are discussed with respect to the four-stage model of stress and human performance of Salas and colleagues.
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2001-121 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2002
Number of Pages
13
Reprinted from
International Journal of Stress Management, vol 9, no2, 2002, p 71-80
DSTKIM No
CA021107
CANDIS No
517840
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