The Development of a Reliable and Valid Measure of Stressors in Policing
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DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)
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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.
- Sociology and Law
- Stress Physiology