Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Job Burnout among Jail Officers

Lisa A. Jaegers, Monica M. Matthieu, Michael G. Vaughn, Paul Werth, Ian M. Katz, Syed Omar Ahmad

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Objective: The aim of this study was to explore posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom prevalence and health characteristics among jail correctional officers, a generally understudied population of public safety workers. Method: A Conservation of Resources (COR)-inspired framework explored relationships to PTSD symptoms among jail officers (N = 320) employed in Midwest US jails. Results: More than half (53.4%) of jail officers screened positively for PTSD. Hierarchical regression analysis indicates that burnout was a significant predictor of symptoms of PTSD (B = 0.25, P < 0.001). Self-efficacy (B = -0.42, P < 0.01), emotional labor (B = 0.20, P < 0.01), and an anxiety- or depression-related diagnosis (B = 0.92, P < 0.001) remained significant predictors of PTSD-related symptoms in the final step. Conclusions: Our findings highlight the potentially high prevalence and impact of PTSD among jail officers, and offer implications for public safety workplace health interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-510
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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