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Personality traits and psychopathology predict burnout symptoms after two years in a sample of Catalan police officers
Gallardo-Pujol, David; Figueras, Anna; Higueras, Eva; Niñerola, Jordi; Melero, Anna; Vilardell, Jordi; Soldevilla, Joan Miquel; Solé, Àngels
Institut de Seguretat Pública de Catalunya; Universitat de Barcelona
The operational aspects of psychological assessment are well documented (e.g. Murphy and Davidshofer, 1994). Essentially, the process involves the administration of one or more valid psychological tests in order to assess a person’s suitability to a task or situation. The resulting data and report are then used by police psychologists to assist in determining the suitability of the applicant for police duties. In Catalunya, this task is carried out during basic training for police career agent in the evaluation of psychological conditions for the use of the weapon. Police work can be one of the most stressful jobs, and it frequently leads to the development of burnout syndrome. In their day-to-day tasks, police officers are constantly subjected to various stressors (de la Fuente, Aguayo, Vargas and Cañadas, 2013). The most widely accepted definition of the burnout syndrome is one that describes it as a response to chronic work stress made up of three components: emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and low personal accomplishment (Maslach & Jackson, 1981). Some studies showed that personality characteristics, and positive and negative affectivity explained significant variance in each of the burnout dimensions (Alarcon, Eschleman and Bowling, 2009).
Policia -- Catalunya -- Estrès laboral
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