On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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BOSHOFF, Pieter; STRYDOM, Herman and BOTHA, Karel. An assessment of the need of police officials for trauma intervention programmes - a qualitative approach. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.2, pp.244-261. ISSN 2312-7198. http://dx.doi.org/51-1-447.
Officials in the South African Police Service (SAPS) are exposed to multiple traumatic incidents. The effect of such exposure is aggravated by various contributing factors that may cause intense trauma for the individual, family members and the police service. The risk factors include post-traumatic stress, acute stress, depression, alcohol abuse, suicide and impaired productivity. It is therefore important that officials have direct access to support. The efficacy of the present trauma intervention programmes in the SAPS is questioned, because despite their implementation police officials still present high levels of acute and behavioural problems.