Posttraumatic stress disorder in police, firefighters, and emergency dispatchers

  title={Posttraumatic stress disorder in police, firefighters, and emergency dispatchers},
  author={Kristin E. Klimley and Vincent B. Van Hasselt and Ashley M. Stripling},
  journal={Aggression and Violent Behavior},

Is It Personal? The Effect of Personal vs. Occupational Trauma on PTSD Symptom Severity in Emergency Responders

Emergency responders are exposed to potentially traumatic events in their line of work and as such, are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Little is known about

A Pilot Study of Brain Injury in Police Officers: A Source of Mental Health Problems?

Exploring TBI in the police could identify a major factor contributing towards ongoing mental health difficulties in a population where, based on previous research, the implications of TBI should not be overlooked.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health comorbidity in firefighters

Abstract This study investigated the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health comorbidities among career firefighters in the U.S. and examined occupational factors

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in persons involved in road accidents and paramedics

Victims, perpetrators, and helpers in road accidents were at a similar risk of PTSD and peritraumatic interventions are recommended for all these groups.

Narrative Therapy to Address Trauma for Emergency Medical Services and Firefighters

This chapter explores Narrative Therapy as an ideal option for mental health treatment of first responder trauma, providing a collaborative approach to therapy using the natural coping strategy of storytelling.

Implementing a post-traumatic stress disorder screening for first responders in rural area.

The standardized PTSD screening protocol utilizing PCL-5 was effective to identify first responders with PTSD and can be integrated into the workflow of a primary care concierge clinic and help improving PTSD assessment in first responders and initiated referrals.

The Impact of Trauma on Firefighters and Their Families

This chapter outlines the key issues that face firefighters, including prevalence of trauma-related mental health issues, the differing impact of disaster response, violence, fatalities, and

Massed Prolonged Exposure for PTSD in Two Firefighters: Preliminary Case Study Findings

Results from this case study indicate that both firefighters had significant reductions in their PTSD symptoms and Massed-PE may be an effective approach to treating PTSD in firefighters and may help overcome some of the barriers of conventional treatment delivery.

Relationship Between Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Firefighters

The impact of occupational stress on first responders has received increased investigative attention in recent years. However, research specifically targeting firefighters and their unique responses

Behavioral Approaches with Firefighters: Introduction to the Special Issue.

A primary goal of the Issue is to stimulate further behavioral research with this group of deserving yet underserved first responders, and serves as a tribute to the men and women of the fire service who dedicate and risk their lives to serve their community.



Assessment of Stress and Resiliency in Emergency Dispatchers

Although they are technically the first responders on most critical incidents, emergency dispatchers have received a modicum of attention from researchers and clinicians. The purpose of the present

Exposure to traumatic incidents and prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptomatology in urban firefighters in two countries.

Comparisons of duty-related trauma exposures and the prevalences of posttraumatic stress in U.S. and Canadian firefighters revealed significant differences in both frequencies and categories of traumatic incident exposures.

Prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in firefighters

Abstract Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been extensively studied in victim populations (e.g., survivors of sexual assault), but not nearly as thoroughly in the responders who

Posttraumatic stress disorder following an air disaster: a prospective study.

Results suggest that lower levels of education, exposure to grotesque burn injuries, stressful life events following exposure, and feelings of numbness following exposure are useful predictors of subsequent development of PTSD.

Predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder and other psychological symptoms in trauma-exposed firefighters.

Firefighters reporting low-perceived social support and high self-blame demonstrated the highest levels of clinically significant symptoms, and these findings may inform education, treatment, and resilience training for emergency personnel.

Stress reactions in police officers after a disaster rescue operation

The police officers were not unaffected by their experiences, and a few officers were still under stress 18 months after a rescue operation during a fire at a discotheque, suggesting a stress reaction of clinical significance.

Coping Responses and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology in Urban Fire Service Personnel

Scores on one of the CRRWI scales, but neither years of service nor their past half year's traumatic incident exposures, predicted future changes in self-reports of posttraumatic stress symptomatology.

PTSD symptoms among police officers: associations with frequency, recency, and types of traumatic events.

The frequency of several traumatic events was associated with higher PTSD scores in women, while the recency of seeing victims of assault was associated in men, helping to develop intervention strategies to reduce the psychological effects following exposure.

Acute stress disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression in disaster or rescue workers.

Exposed disaster workers are at increased risk of acute stress disorder, depression, or PTSD and seek care for emotional problems at an increased rate and are more likely to develop PTSD.