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dc.contributor.advisor Mashego, T. A. B. Van Lelyveld, Chantelle Rene 2013-04-11T09:40:54Z 2013-04-11T09:40:54Z 2008
dc.description Thesis (M.A. (Clinical Psychology) --University of Limpopo, 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Police members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) work under constant physical, emotional and psychological stress due to the demands of their work. It is possible to assume that this profession could be more susceptible to trauma, depression and suicide ideation than a less demanding profession. The increase in suicides within the SAPS in the past years has created great concern worldwide. The literature review contributes to the understanding of vicarious trauma by providing evidence of its widespread existence and the impact on all professions that deal with trauma victims, as do the SAPS. A need for further research was highlighted. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of vicarious trauma within the SAPS; how rank, marital status, education, duration of service and workload affect the existence of vicarious trauma; and how the experience of vicarious trauma affects the lives of the SAPS member . A quantitative study was done with a sample comprising of 60 SAPS members from the Limpopo Province (Lebowakgomo and Mankweng stations). The inclusion criteria included: participants (both permanent and voluntary) had to be active, field working members of the SAPS and had to be in direct association with trauma victims. The conceptual framework: T rauma Theory guided the description and interpretation of the data. Findings revealed that there exist, at present, high levels of vicarious trauma within the SAPS. The duration of service and the marital status of the individual were found to have an influence on the existence of compassion fatigue, while rank, workload, education level and gender were found to have no direct relationship to the presence of vicarious trauma. Finally , this study concludes with recommendations for future studies into vicarious trauma within the SAPS. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 77 leaves. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) en_US
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dc.subject Police en_US
dc.subject Trauma en_US
dc.subject.ddc 158.72 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Job stress -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Secondary traumatic stress en_US
dc.title The experience of vicarious trauma by the police officers within the South African Police Service in Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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