Open Access Thesis
At issue is the role of depersonalization in police officers with respect to burnout. Depersonalization is the psychological distancing of emotional and psychological trauma in stressful situations. Police officers use depersonalization as a way to psychologically distance themselves from their emotions and feelings in dealing with the trauma of others—a coping technique. However, the present view of depersonalization in the commonly accepted definition of burnout, describes depersonalization as a symptom of burnout. The question that arises, is the present view of burnout an appropriate indicator of burnout in police officers? This study hypothesized that depersonalization was playing dual, paradoxical roles (coping technique and symptom of burnout) for police officers and that these roles can occur at the same time. This hypothesis was supported that led to the formulation of enhanced definitions of burnout and depersonalization and a new model of depersonalization's reciprocating tendency.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Clemens Bartollas, Chair, Thesis Committee
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©2000 Michael J. O'Connor
O'Connor, Michael J., "The double-edged sword of depersonalization: An examination of depersonalization's role in the police profession" (2000). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 747.