What is it about?

This paper investigates the effectiveness of an integrative group program, designed to enhance emotional intelligence, empathy, resilience and stress management among police officers. Participants (allocated to either the intervention group or the control group) completed self-report measures before and after the implementation of the program, as well as three months later. Results indicate significant improvement of the study variables in the intervention group, compared to the control group, which did not change over time. Positive changes remained significant in the intervention group three months after the program.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that a set of different but interrelated psychological qualities of police officers can be improved over time through a training program that adopted the integrative approach. Positive changes remained significant on the long-term. Our findings support the feasibility and effectiveness of an integrative group program among police officers suggesting multiple benefits for the Police, at the individual, group and organizational level.


Parallel to professional/vocational training, Law Enforcement Organizations should also provide personal (psychological skills) training for the personnel so as to enhance not only their work performance, but also their well-being at all levels.

PhD Candidate Vasiliki Romosiou
University of Ioannina, Greece

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This page is a summary of: An integrative group intervention for the enhancement of emotional intelligence, empathy, resilience and stress management among police officers, Police Practice and Research, October 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1537847.
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