Police wives have alot to stress and worry about with their husbands and their line of work. This can be true also of husbands who may have wives on the force.
This article looks at that stress and how to cope. Please also review our Stress Management Program
The article, Stress Management Techniques for the Spouses of Police Officers, by Jarrod Sadulski states,
“Being married to a law enforcement officer usually starts with a sense of pride. But over time, stress begins to set in because of the physical dangers inherent in police work and the personal challenges officers face from frequently experiencing traumatic events. Police spouses cannot help but be affected by this stress as well.
How Police Stress Impacts Officers Over Time
Law enforcement is one of the most stressful occupations in existence. Officers are commonly exposed to fatalities, domestic abuse, crimes against children, internal problems in the police department, and the ever-present danger of personal injury or even death on duty.
[Free Magazine: Understanding and Managing Law Officer Stress]
Over time, these daily occurrences result in physiological, psychological, and even mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress (PTS), which might not be fully understood or addressed by the officer’s family. Often, the civilian spouse suffers too.
How Stress Influences Police Marriages
After a shift that might have lasted 12 hours or more, officers return home carrying the burden and heightened emotions of their work. For example, a spouse might notice that an officer will react more harshly when their teenage son stays out too late. Also, the officer may be taciturn, gloomy and non-responsive because of some unpleasant or disastrous experience while on the job.
[Related: Prepare Your Spouse for a Law Enforcement Life]
If police officer stress is not managed effectively, it can lead to substance-abuse problems for both partners. Substance abuse can have an adverse effect on the marriage, especially on children.”
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Please also review our Stress Management Program