Acknowledgment and psychiatric symptoms in police officers in Switzerland


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Acknowledgment and psychiatric symptoms in police officers in Switzerland
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De la connaissance à l'action, 3ème Conférence internationale CIST sur les facteurs psychosociaux au travail Québec (Québec) Canada, 1er au 4 septembre 2008 : cahier des résumés = From knowledge to action, 3rd ICOH International Conference on Psychosocial Factors at Work Québec (Québec) Canada, September 2008, 1st to 4th : book of abstracts
Arial Marc, Gonik Viviane, Danuser Brigitta
Institut national de santé publique
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The way supervisors acknowledge specific contribution and efforts of their employees has an impact on occupational health and wellbeing. Acknowledgement is a protective factor when it is sufficiently provided. We carried out a study about occupational health in police officers with special emphasis on acknowledgment and reward. A questionnaire was sent to 1000 police officers and inspectors working for a cantonal administration in Switzerland. In total, 695 participants answered the questionnaire. We used the TST questionnaire (French version of the Langner's questionnaire on psychiatric symptoms) to identify cases characterized by potential mental health problems. Multiple choice items (5 modalities ranging from "not at all" to "tremendously") were used to measure acknowledgment. The score for psychiatric symptoms was high (TST score >or= 9) for 86 police officers and inspectors for whom health might be at risk. Compared with police officers having low or medium scores for psychiatric symptoms (TST score < 9), police officers with high TST scores were more likely to report the lack of support and attention from the supervisors (odds ratio [OR] 3.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.0 to 5.1) and the lack of acknowledgment by the hierarchy (OR 3.0, 95% CI 1.9 to 4.8). They were also more likely to mention that judicial authorities have a low consideration for police officers (OR 2.7, 95% CI 1.7 to 4.3) and that the public in general have a low appreciation of police officers (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.2 to 2.9). Preserving mental health in occupations characterized by high emotional demand is challenging. Our results show that acknowledgment and mental health are associated. Further research should address a potential causal relation of acknowledgment on mental health in police officers and inspectors.
Police , Social Work, Psychiatric , Occupational Health , Occupational Diseases
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