Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 102–112 | Cite as

Police Stress: A Structural Model

  • Risdon N. SlateEmail author
  • W. Wesley Johnson
  • Sharla S. Colbert


A number of existing studies have identified various factors that contribute to stress among police officers. This analysis is unique among these insofar as it employs structural equation modeling to specify, in path model format, the influence of participation in workplace decision-making and other variables on employee stress levels. The findings of this analysis provide new as well as confirmatory statistical evidence regarding the mitigating and direct effects of certain variables on physical stress. This study poses important implications by lending itself to meaningful future comparative research across occupations such as corrections and probation / parole.


Police stress Occupational stress Participation in decision-making Participatory management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Risdon N. Slate
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Wesley Johnson
    • 2
  • Sharla S. Colbert
    • 3
  1. 1.Florida Southern CollegeLakelandUSA
  2. 2.College of Criminal JusticeSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Southern Nazarene UniversityBethanyUSA

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