Building Resilience in an Urban Police Department

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Building Resilience in an Urban Police Department

Objective:The aim of this study is to examine a resilience training intervention that impacts autonomic responses to stress and improves cardiovascular risk, psychological, and physiological outcomes in police. Methods: Officers [(n=38) 22 to 54 years] modified emotional and physical responses to stress using self-regulation. Measurements include psychological and physiological measures [eg, heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure, C-reactive protein)] obtained at three time intervals. Results: Age was significantly (P<0.05) associated with changes on several measures of psychological stress (eg, critical incident stress,emotional vitality, and depression). Associations were found between coherence and improved HbA1c (r=-0.66, P<0.001) and stress due to organizational pressures (r=-0.44, P=0.03). Improvements in sympathetic and parasympathetic contributors of HRV were significant (P<0.03).Conclusion: A stress-resilience intervention improves certain responses to job stress with greater benefits for younger participants

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