n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Coping, stress and suicide ideation in the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape
|Article Title||Coping, stress and suicide ideation in the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Author||R. Meyer, S. Rothmann and J. Pienaar|
|Publication Date||Dec 2003|
|Pages||881 - 904|
|Keyword(s)||I12 and I30|
ISI Social Science
The objective of this research is to determine the relationship between coping and stress on the one hand and suicide ideation among police members on the other. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The study population (N = 307) consisted of uniformed police members in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The COPE, Police Stress Inventory, Adult Suicide Ideation Questionnaire and a Biographical Questionnaire were used as measuring instruments. The results showed that passive coping strategies are related to suicide ideation. A discriminant analysis showed that suicide attempt, passive coping strategies, medical conditions, use of alcohol, problem-focused coping strategies and police-specific demands correctly classified 64.29 per cent of participants who scored high on suicide ideation.
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