Job-related stressors and domestic violence within police families
This thesis investigates the role of occupational stress as a source of domestic violence in police families using the theoretical constructs of General Strain Theory. General Strain Theory is compatible with the stress-diathesis model but improves upon it by theoretically explaining police deviance. It looks at how stress is appraised by an officer's locus of control orientation, affecting the formation of job-related strains, the negative psychological consequences of strain and risk factors that directly affect the incidence of domestic violence.
This research used a secondary data set compiled from a study that examined police stress, coping behaviors, and psychological effects of domestic violence among a large sample of police officers. The findings from this study replicated earlier research, but found that an officer's locus of control plays a pivotal role in stress appraisals, the negative affects, and levels of domestic violence. The results suggest that law enforcement organizations need to increase the scope of attention towards the physical and psychological health of officers to reduce domestic violence in the homes of police officers.
Families & family life;
0451: Social psychology
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships