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dc.contributor.advisor Nel., K. A. Mushwana, M. R. V. 2018-07-04T12:34:10Z 2018-07-04T12:34:10Z 2017
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Psychology)) --University of Limpopo, 2017. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study endeavours to identify and describe the stress experiences of South African Police Personnel (SAPS) in a specific municipal area. The components of stress and related coping mechanisms are of particular interest in policing as much research indicates that officers suffer from stress related illnesses. The research was thus undertaken to determine what type of stressors affect police officers in the Greater Tzaneen Municipal Area, Limpopo Province, and what type of coping strategies they use. A quantitative approach utilising a cross sectional survey design was used for the investigation. Stratified random sampling was used to draw the sample of SAPS officers from the different police stations in Greater Tzaneen Municipal Area. Data was collected by means of questionnaires namely the Police Stress Inventory (PSI) and the Coping Inventory (COPE). Ethical considerations, as required by the University of Limpopo, were followed. Results included the fact that of the top ten stressors five were organisational stressors. This finding suggests that the South African Police Services in this area must provide interventions that reduce the effects of work related stressors. They should also recruit more female officers as the gender disparity is a notable one. Results suggest that no matter what age, religion, language, gender, marital status and rank, all respondents are alike in terms of the use of Avoidant Coping strategies. These are used to some degree however; the majority of respondents use Problem Focused Coping strategies together with Emotionally Focused Coping strategies. This suggests that the sample was able to handle negative stressors in a positive manner. It was concluded that a police force that reflects the general demographic of the area is more likely to provide a community driven workforce en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 131 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
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dc.subject Anxiety en_US
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Avoidant coping en_US
dc.subject Emotionally focused coping en_US
dc.subject Problem focused coping en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Police -- Job stress -- United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Police -- Job stress en_US
dc.title Stress and coping mechanisms of South African Police officers in Tzaneen, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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