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Examining correlates of police officers’ attitudes towards seeking mental health support: A scoping review

Grumley Traynor, Imogen Elizabeth and RYDON-GRANGE, Michelle (2024) Examining correlates of police officers’ attitudes towards seeking mental health support: A scoping review. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles.. ISSN 1740-5599

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Police officers are often unwilling to seek psychological support when needed. This scoping review explored research into the correlates of police help-seeking attitudes. Searches returned 1754 initial results, with 21 quantitative, peer-reviewed studies retained (published 1995–2022 across six countries; of moderate quality). The most consistent positive associates of police help-seeking attitudes were past help-seeking, perceived service availability, and having a mental health diagnosis. Current PTSD symptoms were the most consistent negative associate. However, of the 102 correlates identified, most were under-researched and/or had inconsistent findings. The operationalisation of terms also varied greatly. High-quality replication of current research is now needed.

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Additional Information: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a article published by SAGE Publications in The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles.on 8 Feb 2024, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Help-seeking, Police, Mental health, Scoping review
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 14:31
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 14:31
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