Level of occupational stress: causes, effects and coping strategies among police constables in Kisumu County, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Oweke, Joyce A.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-27T10:43:54Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-27T10:43:54Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.kabarak.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1134
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1134
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dc.description.abstract Stress is a major global health challenge affecting the well-being of service providers especially those working in the human service sectors like; police officers, teachers, health care providers and media specialists. This study was prompted by emerging information from studies that, stress is a silent killer that affects the health of service providers leading to; mental, physical, and emotional disorders. In Kenya and Kisumu County in particular studies on occupational stress among police constables are scanty. This study investigated the level of occupational stress, causes, effects and coping strategies among police constables in Kisumu County. The study adopted the Causal Comparative ex-post facto research design. The target population was 451 police constables and 12 Officers Commanding Stations in the four police divisions in Kisumu County. Stratified random sampling technique was used to sample 105 police constables and 4 Officers Commanding Station (OCS). The data was collected using a Police Constable Questionnaire and an Officer Commanding Station Interview Schedule. The instruments were validated by experts while reliability was estimated by use of Cronbach Alpha method for internal consistency. The questionnaire yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.88. Quantitative and qualitative data were obtained. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences for Windows (Version 20). Descriptive statistics (frequencies, percentages, means and Standard Deviation) and inferential statistical (Chi-Square and Pearson‟s Moment Correlation Coefficient) were used in data analysis. Findings were presented in statistical tables, frequency tables, cross tabulations, and graphics. The key findings of the study were that: police constables in Kisumu County were experiencing occupational stress. Working environment, work overload and work schedule were causes of occupational stress. The effects of occupational stress adversely affected the police constables. The stress mitigation strategies employed by the Police Constables were not effective. The study recommends that: Police service commission should develop a policy on stress management to guide the induction, operations and counselling of Police Constables on their day to day duties. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Level of Occupational stress, Coping strategies, Gender, Police Constables. en_US
dc.title Level of occupational stress: causes, effects and coping strategies among police constables in Kisumu County, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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