n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Interaction between work and personal life : experiences of police officers in the North West province

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction between work and personal life as experienced by police officers. Unstructured interviews were conducted with male and female police officers (N = 10) in police stations based in the Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp areas. Qualitative interviews based on the phenomenological paradigm were used to determine the perceptions of police officers regarding work and personal life interaction. Content analysis was used to analyse, quantify and interpret the data. Police officers reported experiencing their work as stressful, in that it interfered negatively with their lives and also reported certain health implications. They further experienced some aspects of their personal lives such as household duties and family responsibilities as interfering with their work. Furthermore, they reported using certain strategies (e g communication and utilising support from a spouse or partner) as a way of improving the interaction between their work and personal lives.

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