Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mindfulness in Law Enforcement Leadership: A Multiple Case Study
by Palmer, Kurt, Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 148; 22583724
Abstract (Summary)

There have been extensive studies and research done on both the subjects of mindfulness and law enforcement; however, there is currently little documented research on the application of mindfulness by law enforcement leaders. The body of literature in mindfulness studies focuses on understanding and perspective. This dissertation focuses on the experiences of law enforcement leaders who used mindfulness to address the following question, “What are the experiences of law enforcement leaders who practice mindfulness?” This research used a multiple case study design. The goal of the research was to further knowledge concerning the practice of mindfulness by law enforcement leaders. The participants’ use of mindfulness practices was explored as they worked with fellow officers as well as with members of their communities. These leaders held the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, detective, captain, chief, or sheriff. Data were analyzed and coded to extract and identify themes found in law enforcement leaders’ experiences and reactions. Five themes emerged from the study including learning, example, personal awareness, reflection, and mental preparation. Participants reported that mindfulness helped them to have lower levels of stress, increased abilities to manage stress, willingness to learn, patience, and effective communication. Suggestions for future studies on mindfulness as a tool for growth that can support increases in career satisfaction and success for law enforcement leaders are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whelch, Debora
Commitee: Doogan, Mike, Secrest, Wayland
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Organizational behavior, Management
Keywords: Law enforcement, Leadership, Management, Mindfulness, Organizational development, Police
Publication Number: 22583724
ISBN: 9781085736923
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