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Law Enforcement Officers and Employee Assistance Programs

Title: Law Enforcement Officers and Employee Assistance Programs.
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Name(s): Donnelly, Elizabeth, author
Valentine, Colby, author
Oehme, Karen, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 01/28/15
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose – The toll of the stresses of policing on officers’ physical and mental health and on their individual work and family functioning has been well documented in the literature. Given the well-established consequences of work-related stress on law enforcement, it becomes important to understand how officers are utilizing institutional support systems. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to elucidate the relationship between officers and Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs). Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from surveys attached to an online officer training targeting domestic violence in law enforcement families in a large southern state. Findings – A total of n¼934 participants were retained for analyses. Few respondents (16.2 percent) reported accessing their EAPs. Totally, 56.4 percent reported knowing enough about their EAP and how to access it; 33 percent of participants would not use their EAPs for domestic violence concerns. No significant differences among officers who did and did not access their EAPs for workplace stress, posttraumatic stress, alcohol use, or domestic violence were identified. Significant differences in alcohol use, posttraumatic stress, and operational stress were identified in those who reported not knowing enough about how to access their EAP. Practical implications – Concrete suggestions are offered to help increase officers’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of mental health and EAPs. Agencies should consider a more comprehensive approach to mental health to ensure that officers get the help they need. Originality/value – Very little is known about the relationship that law enforcement officers have with EAP services. This study sheds light on some important differences in work-related stress, stress reactions, and knowledge and familiarity with EAP services. Keywords Stress, Police, Workload, Alcohol Paper type Research paper
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1866 (IID), 10.1108/PIJPSM-11-2014-0116 (DOI)
Keywords: Police, Employee assistance, Domestic violence
Preferred Citation: Elizabeth Donnelly , Colby Valentine , Karen Oehme , (2015) "Law enforcement officers and Employee Assistance Programs", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 38 Iss: 2, pp.206 - 220. DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-11-2014-0116
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1866
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.
Issue: vol. 38

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Donnelly, E., Valentine, C., & Oehme, K. Law Enforcement Officers and Employee Assistance Programs. Policing: An International Journal Of Police Strategies & Management. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1866