Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 13–24 | Cite as

Religiosity and stress for police officers

  • Robert T. Sigler
  • D. Ron Thweatt


Much of the research which has been conducted to date regarding stress and police officers has focused on identifying the presence of stress, associating stress with specific stressors, and comparing levels of stress between police officers and members of other professions. This project focused on the influence of one potential mediator of stress—religious activity. Data were collected from a population of law enforcement officers from a medium sized city and from a comparison group of firefighters from the same city. The data indicate that religiosity has two factors (1) traditional beliefs and activities and (2) religious satisfaction and perceived influence of religion on subject’s everyday lives. The second factor was found to be negatively related to stress for police officers. As religious satisfaction and perceived influence increase, stress increases.


Religious Belief Police Officer Stress Management Religious Practice Police Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert T. Sigler
    • 1
  • D. Ron Thweatt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlabamaAlabamaUSA

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