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"Duck Cops," "Game Wardens," and "Wildlife Enforcement:" Stress Among Conservation Officers

Description: Limited research has been conducted on conservation officers and their levels of stress. Due to the complexities of their job design and the rural nature of their work environment, it is anticipated that these officers would exhibit high levels of stress, specifically related to security, social factors, working conditions, and inactivity/inadequacy. This study is an attempt to expand upon the limited research by analyzing the response of 98 conservation officers (80% of the agency) from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Section. The findings of this study are limited in that only working conditions were associated with high levels of stress for these officers.

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Oliver, W. M. & Meier, C. (2006). "Duck Cops," "Game Wardens," and "Wildlife Enforcement:" Stress Among Conservation Officers [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 2(1), 1-25.

Keywords: stress, conservation, law enforcement, rural stress

Date: May 30, 2006 | File Size: 99.49 Kb | Downloads: 2652

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