International Journal of Stress Management

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 179–200

Stress Management with Law Enforcement Personnel: A Controlled Outcome Study of EMDR Versus a Traditional Stress Management Program


    • Spencer Curtis Foundation
  • Robert H. Tinker
    • Spencer Curtis Foundation
  • Lee A. Becker
    • Department of PsychologyColorado University
  • Carol R. Logan
    • Colorado Springs Police Department

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011366408693

Cite this article as:
Wilson, S.A., Tinker, R.H., Becker, L.A. et al. International Journal of Stress Management (2001) 8: 179. doi:10.1023/A:1011366408693


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been shown to be effective for treating posttraumatic stress disorder, but its efficacy as a stress management tool for normal individuals in highly stressful occupations has not been demonstrated. Sixty-two police officers were randomly assigned to either EMDR or a standard stress management program (SMP), each consisting of 6 hours of individualized contact. At completion, officers in the EMDR condition provided lower ratings on measures of PTSD symptoms, subjective distress, job stress, and anger; and higher marital satisfaction ratings than those in SMP. The effects of EMDR were maintained at the 6-month follow-up, indicating enduring gains from a relatively brief treatment regimen for this subclinical sample of officers who were experiencing some level of stress from their job.

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