Date of Award


Degree Name

Criminal Justice


College of Science

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Richard H. Moore

Second Advisor

Dr. Samuel L. Dameron

Third Advisor

Dr. Margaret P. Brown

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Leonard J. Deutsch


In this study, a sample of 37 officers employed with the Huntington Police Department, a medium-sized Appalachian police department, were sampled about the stressfulness and frequency of selected items from Sewell’s Life Events Scale. From the responses to the survey items, a scale was created to assess the combined effects of frequency and stressfulness. Respondents were also asked to indicate what percentage of their total accumulated job-related stress was generated by each of Barker and Carter’s generic stressors of policing. Several group differences were found. A ranking of stressors was developed for the frequency, stress, the combined scales and compared to Sewell’s ranking of the same stressors. Several interesting statistically significant differences were found.


Police – Job stress.

Stress (Psychology).

Stress Management.