This assignment will focus on some of the stressors encountered by law enforcement officers. You will explore how these stressors affect police officers. Learning about the incidence and prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among police officers is one of the goals of this assignment. You will also develop a stress management curriculum that could be utilized for officers in need of stress management and stress reduction services.

Using the module’s readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research the various aspects of stress in the life of a police officer.

Part 1: Stress and Mental Health Functioning

Create a 5- to 6-page paper in a Microsoft Word document addressing the following:

How might stress be different for male versus female officers?
How are stressors for law enforcement personnel different from those for other individuals living in the community?
What are some of the unique stressors encountered in law enforcement?
Is PTSD more prevalent in law enforcement? If so, why?
How much do past life events impact current mental health functioning?
Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Grading Criteria:

Described how stress might be different for male versus female officers.

Described how stressors for law enforcement personnel are different from those for other individuals living in the community.

Described some of the unique stressors encountered in law enforcement.

Discussed the incidence and prevalence of PTSD among law enforcement officers.

Explained how past life events can have an impact on current mental health functioning.

Included relevant research and statistics related to stressors in law enforcement work.

Included practical exercises and handouts for helping officers to address the effects of stress related to their employment.

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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