Police officers’ strategies for coping with the stress of investigating internet child exploitation

Martine Powell, Peter Cassematis, Mairi Benson, Stephen Smallbone, Richard Wortley

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Abstract

Research shows that Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) investigators cope well with the range of stressors their work exposes them to, but little is known about how they manage to cope. The current study attempts to expand knowledge and address the limitations of prior research by using a broad, open-ended anonymous interviewing strategy that differentiates between individual and organizational coping resources in the first study conducted with Australian investigators. Participants were 32 ICE investigators from all nine Australian jurisdictions. Results were organized thematically in the following headings: selection of ideal applicants, indicators of poor coping and coping strategies. The overriding conclusions and their implications for police managers are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-42
Number of pages11
JournalTraumatology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • internet child exploitation
  • police work stress
  • coping strategies
  • child pornography
  • ICE investigation
  • child sexual abuse

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