Naz, Sajida and Gavin, Helen (2014) Cross Cultural Variations in Attitude towards use of Psychological Support Among Police Officers. Pakistan Journal of Criminology, 6 (1). pp. 31-46. ISSN 2074-2738

A body of literature exists that emphasises the importance of understanding attitudes and
trends towards seeking psychological support in order to boost effective trauma
management. In the context of police work, appropriate understanding and utilisation of
support systems can help to gain mental preparedness and steadiness required to boost
performance. The research reported here used a mixed methodological approach. Thematic
and statistical analysis indicated that overall, the majority of police officers questioned
preferred speaking to friends and family for psychological support or engaging in religious
activities rather than consulting psychological services. A few of the police employed other
techniques such as reading self-help books, and seeking religious guidance. Cross
comparative analysis of anecdotal responses suggested significant themes around religion,
affirmations, positive outlook, and trauma awareness. Importance and challenges related to
individual differences in the use of psychological services are highlighted, along with
recommendations to modify exis

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