Traumatic Events Have Effects

by dmill8 on October 21, 2013 - 10:25pm

            The article mainly focused on the types of social interactions by police officers following traumatic events. It talks about the many different people involved with incidents that one may find tragic, like police officers, paramedics and fire fighters. There are many reasons to believe that these types of people are more susceptible to disorders that stem from trauma related incidents. There was a study to see if many people like police officers have experienced distressing situations quite regularly have developed disorders like PTSD and many others. The information was collected through a series of interviews. The research has shown that even though there were many distressing events, the officers did not seem to have any effect on their home lives, even though some of the situations they witnessed really resembled their lives.

            The main purpose of this article is to show that the traumatic events a person endures can have an effect on their life outside of their job and those events. It shows that when people are tested even though they may say they have no problems that were a result of their job; actually do have some sort of damage, whether it be emotionally or mentally. It discusses that there are many factors that contribute to the resilience of police officers. Research shows that the incidents that cause the most distress are those with strong personal relevance. The police officers and other workers are also trying to receive adequate support from those around them, which can be difficult at times. Their supervisors are a key part in maintaining team welfare, and personal welfare also. The interactions between police officers and the community contribute to the interactions between police officers, and also between police officers and their supervisors.


Evans, R., Pistrang, N., & Billings, J. (2013). Police officers' experiences of supportive and unsupportive social interactions following traumatic incidents. European Journal Of Psychotraumatology, 41-9.

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