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005    20121027121609.5 
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020    9781124531236 
035    (UMI)AAI3444939 
040    UMI|cUMI 
100 1  Todaro, Danielle 
245 10 Factors which contribute to law enforcement avoidance of 
       mental health services 
300    85 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-
       05, Section: B, page: 3107 
500    Adviser: Debra Glaser 
502    Thesis (Psy.D.)--Alliant International University, Los 
       Angeles, 2011 
520    The negative impact of stress in police works has been 
       well documented in the literature. While many law 
       enforcement agencies have made mental health services 
       available to officers, the problem of avoidance of seeking
       treatment exists in the law enforcement community just as 
       it does in the general population. The current study was 
       aimed at identifying factors which contribute to officer 
       avoidance of mental health services. Officers (n=141) from
       California and Texas law enforcement agencies completed an
       online survey measuring the avoidance factors of attitudes
       towards seeking psychological services, stigma from others,
       self stigma, self concealment, fear of therapy and 
       disclosure distress. A MANOVA was conducted in order to 
       examine the differences between officer age and experience
       level on the measured avoidance factors. Results were 
       unable to establish a relationship between the variables 
       of age and experience and the six avoidance factors being 
       examined. However, additional post hoc analysis of 
       previous officer experience in psychotherapy determined 
       that officers who had previously participated in 
       psychotherapy reported more highly positive attitudes 
       towards seeking mental health services when compared to 
       those officers who had not received prior treatment. These
       results highlight the importance of making mental health 
       services available law enforcement personnel and it is 
       hoped that continued exposure to mental health 
       professionals will encourage officers to seek out 
       treatment. Limitations of this study include smaller than 
       expected sample size, overly-cautious attitudes of officer
       participants, departmental constraints and use of 
       avoidance variables which have been identified in the 
       general public but not in an officer sample. Future 
       research should be focus on identifying specific avoidance
       factors which exist among the law enforcement community 
590    School code: 1436 
650  4 Health Sciences, Mental Health 
650  4 Law 
650  4 Psychology, Clinical 
690    0347 
690    0398 
690    0622 
710 2  Alliant International University, Los Angeles.|bLos Angles,
773 0  |tDissertation Abstracts International|g72-05B 
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