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Reactions of Police Officers to Body-Handling after a Major Disaster a Before-and-After Comparison

  • David A. Alexander (a1) and Andrew Wells (a2)
Abstract

This study reports the results of an unusual opportunity to follow up a group of police officers who were involved in body-handling duties following the Piper Alpha disaster, and for whom there were available data from pre-disaster assessments. In addition, after these duties, the officers were compared with a matched control group of officers who had not been involved in such work. The comparisons failed to demonstrate high levels of post-traumatic distress or psychiatric morbidity. The results are interpreted in terms of issues such as the officers' own coping strategies, and major organisational and managerial factors.

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Reactions of Police Officers to Body-Handling after a Major Disaster a Before-and-After Comparison

  • David A. Alexander (a1) and Andrew Wells (a2)
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