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J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Jun;50(6):689-95. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181638685.

Mental health outcomes in police personnel after Hurricane Katrina.

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA. cawest@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) personnel who provided law enforcement and relief services to affected communities following Hurricane Katrina.

METHODS:

We conducted a cross-sectional survey of mental health outcomes related to personal and work-related exposures of police personnel 8 weeks after the Hurricane.

RESULTS:

Of the 912 police personnel who completed the questionnaire, 227 (26%) reported symptoms consistent with depression and 170 (19%) reported symptoms consistent with PTSD. Risk factors associated with PTSD include recovery of bodies, crowd control, assault, and injury to a family member. Depressive symptoms were associated with rare family contact, uninhabitable home, isolation from the NOPD, assault, and injury to a family member.

CONCLUSIONS:

Police personnel reported symptoms of PTSD and depression associated with work-related and personal factors following Hurricane Katrina.

PMID:
18545096
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