Date of Conferral

2020

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Public Policy and Administration

Advisor

Robert L. Spivey

Abstract

The police officers in Borno State, Nigeria, lack adequate training to manage the occupational stress when deployed to perform their civic duties of protection of lives and properties. Using the theory of psychological stress and coping, the purpose of this general qualitative study was to explore strategies that police officers deployed to Borno State of Nigeria used in managing occupational stress when discharging their duties. The research question was written to address the strategies required by police officers deployed to Borno State, Nigeria, in managing occupational stress when discharging their duties. Using semistructured interviews, 15 or more participants were selected who had successfully worked in Borno State, Nigeria, for more than 2 years. Using methodical triangulation, member checking, and theme analysis, data were analyzed to explore strategies that police officers deployed to Borno State, Nigeria, used in managing occupational stress when discharging their duties. The study may be significant in creating a public policy on how police officers may deal with such stress. The implications for positive social change include improving the performance of the police force in Nigeria and improving their standards of living and wellbeing.

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