Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 305–313 | Cite as

Social distress and the police

  • David E. Brandt


Police work is generally assumed to be inherently stressful. However, research suggests that much of the stress associated with police work may be related to the organizational and administrative setting in which the work is conducted. This is consistent with the concept of social distress which proposes that stress is generated by the social system in which the individual functions. The implication of understanding police stress within this framework for the implementation of police stress management programs is discussed.


Social System Management Program Stress Management Individual Function Police Work 
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© Human Sciences Press 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Brandt
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York

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