Stress, Coping and Coherence in Criminal Police Officers

Rita Bandzevičienė, Sandra Birbilaitė, Aistė Diržytė


Officers confront the underside of our society on a daily basis. In the line on duty, they often see the worst of what mankind has to offer. Injury and death to others, to themselves, and to their comrades is frequent. Not only critical or traumatic incidents are all-too-familiar traits in the routine of the criminal police profession, they can also be emotionally and physically draining. Stress that results from administrative policy, bad management, personal financial situations, marital problems and many other frustrating conditions continue to jeopardize the health and safety of police officers. Although a number of studies have focused on police officers in Lithuania and abroad, the systematic study of stress among criminal police officers, especially in Lithuania, has been neglected.


police officer; stress; coping strategy; inner coherence

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236