PROACTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT: THE NATURE, EFFECT AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE’S “MANAGING STRESS EFFECTIVELY” PROGRAMME

The need for a stress-management programme can generally be attributed to the fact that police work is often extremely stressful and that police officials tend to suffer from a variety of stressinduced physiological, psychological and behavioural disorders. McCraty, Atkinson and Tompson (1999:1-3) a...

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Published in: Social Work Vol. 42; no. 3
Main Authors: Williams, Heiletje, Weyers, Mike
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Stellenbosch University 07-02-2014
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Summary: The need for a stress-management programme can generally be attributed to the fact that police work is often extremely stressful and that police officials tend to suffer from a variety of stressinduced physiological, psychological and behavioural disorders. McCraty, Atkinson and Tompson (1999:1-3) argue that particular attention should be given to occupational stress in policing as its potentially negative consequences affect society in more direct and critical ways than for most other organisations. It was, therefore, crucial that a stress-management programme should be developed for the South African Police Service (SAPS).
ISSN: 0037-8054
2312-7198
DOI: 10.15270/42-3-300