American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 329–353 | Cite as

The Causes and Consequences of Job-Related Stress among Prosecutors

  • Chongmin NaEmail author
  • Tae Choo
  • Jeffrey A. Klingfuss


Despite a growing body of literature documenting work stress among employees in various fields, there is a dearth of research that explicitly assesses the impact of different aspects of prosecutors’ working conditions on individual prosecutors and their organizations. Drawing on a sample of prosecutors in a southern state in the U.S., we first used OLS regression to examine which work-related stressors are important in predicting their levels of work stress, job satisfaction, and turnover intention. Using path analysis, we then explored the links between these stressors and a set of proposed mediating and outcome variables. We also conducted unstructured in-depth interviews with a subset of the sample to supplement and further illustrate the observed patterns. While job demands and organizational support play the most important roles in explaining the work stress of prosecutors, they do not have direct impact on the prosecutor’s commitment to the job. The roles played by psychological and emotional stressors are found to be negligible. Job-related stressors do not lead to turnover intention directly but indirectly through work stress and job satisfaction with a notable exception of the public/media stressor. This study provides a scientifically-based perspective regarding which working conditions should be addressed to maintain healthy and productive working environments among prosecutors.


Work stressors Job satisfaction Turnover intention Prosecutors 


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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNYNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Justice, School of Arts and LettersUniversity of North GeorgiaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Mississippi Attorney General’s OfficeJacksonUSA
  4. 4.Mississippi College School of LawJacksonUSA

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