Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout among Jail Officers

Lisa A. Jaegers, Monica M. Matthieu, Michael G. Vaughn, Paul Werth, Ian M. Katz, Syed Omar Ahmad

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Objective: The aim of this study was to explore posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom prevalence and health characteristics among jail correctional officers, a generally understudied population of public safety workers. Method: A Conservation of Resources (COR)-inspired framework explored relationships to PTSD symptoms among jail officers (N = 320) employed in Midwest US jails. Results: More than half (53.4%) of jail officers screened positively for PTSD. Hierarchical regression analysis indicates that burnout was a significant predictor of symptoms of PTSD (B = 0.25, P < 0.001). Self-efficacy (B = -0.42, P < 0.01), emotional labor (B = 0.20, P < 0.01), and an anxiety- or depression-related diagnosis (B = 0.92, P < 0.001) remained significant predictors of PTSD-related symptoms in the final step. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the potentially high prevalence and impact of PTSD among jail officers, and offer implications for public safety workplace health interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume61
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Midwestern United States
Safety
Health
Self Efficacy
Workplace
Anxiety
Regression Analysis
Depression
Population

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Jaegers, Lisa A. ; Matthieu, Monica M. ; Vaughn, Michael G. ; Werth, Paul ; Katz, Ian M. ; Ahmad, Syed Omar. / Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout among Jail Officers. In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2019 ; Vol. 61, No. 6. pp. 505-510.
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout among Jail Officers. / Jaegers, Lisa A.; Matthieu, Monica M.; Vaughn, Michael G.; Werth, Paul; Katz, Ian M.; Ahmad, Syed Omar.

In: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, Vol. 61, No. 6, 01.06.2019, p. 505-510.

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