Treatment of PTSD in Police Officers

One study* examined the relationship between the routine work environment of police officers and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms who were first assessed during academy training and reassessed 1-year later. In a model that included gender, ethnicity, traumatic exposure prior to entering the academy, current negative life events, and critical incident exposure over the last year, routine work environment stress was most strongly associated with PTSD symptoms. They also found that routine work environment stress affected the relationship between critical incident exposure and PTSD symptoms and between current negative life events and PTSD symptoms. This study shows that the daily work environment of police officers affects their recovery from PTSD.  Ensuring that the work environment is functioning optimally protects against the effects of duty-related critical incidents and improves their recovery.

*Maguen S, Metzler TJ, McCaslin SE, Inslicht SS, Henn-Haase C, Neylan TC, Marmar CR.  (2009). Routine work environment stress and PTSD symptoms in police officers.  J Nerv Ment Dis.  Oct;197(10):754-60.


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