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The impact of workplace stressors on exhaustion and work engagement in policing

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  • Steven Lockey
  • Les Graham
  • Yuyan Zheng
  • Ian Hesketh
  • Marisa Plater
  • Sara Gracey
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Issue number1
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)190-206
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date7/05/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper uses the challenge-hindrance stressor framework to examine the impact of challenge and hindrance stressors on police officer and staff well-being. Results of two studies conducted in English police forces demonstrate that challenge stressors relate positively to the effort and enthusiasm individuals invest into their work. Findings also indicate that while challenge stressors are positively associated with exhaustion cross-sectionally (Study 1, N = 469), they do not impact exhaustion over time (Study 2, N = 823). Conversely, hindrance stressors cause exhaustion in the long-term and are negatively associated with work engagement cross-sectionally. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.