More than 1,000,000 firefighters work in the United States. Firefighters are trained and prepared for medical calls, auto accidents, natural disasters, mass casualty incidents, and firefighting, and are expected to make split-second decisions that could be the difference between life and death. Firefighters also perform many other essential services in the community, including search and rescue and body recovery. These people are exposed to human suffering and tragedy on a daily basis and are at higher risk of stress and burnout, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Stress and burnout among firefighters could be reduced to a more manageable level through identifying the positive coping skills of firefighters, thus allowing firefighters to be emotionally, physically, and psychologically prepared for each shift.
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Applied Clinical Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational psychology, Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Burnout, Coping skills, Fire departments, Firefighters, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder|
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