The Development of a Reliable and Valid Measure of Stressors in Policing – A Summary of Findings from WSIB Development Grant #02-051

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Authors
  1. McCreary, D.R.
  2. Thompson, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This grant was awarded to develop and validate the Operational Police Stress Questionnaire (PSQ-Op) and the Organizational Police Stress Questionnaire (PSQ-Org), two measures tailored to the Canadian context. This process was completed over a series of four studies. In Study 1, a series of focus groups were used to elicit the stressors associated with policing. In this study, it became apparent that officers separated their stressors into two general categories: operational and organizational. In the following three studies, the PSQ-Op and PSQ-Org were assessed for reliability, validity, and readability. The findings showed that both forms of the PSQ were highly reliable and demonstrated both discriminant and concurrent validity. The PSQ-Op and PSQ-Org are freely available for use by other researchers.
Keywords
police officers;occupational stress;health;well-being;Organizational Police Stress Questionnaire;Operational Police Stress Questionnaire
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-ECR-2004-206 — External Client Report
Date of publication
28 Jan 2004
Number of Pages
45
DSTKIM No
CA026643
CANDIS No
524535
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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