Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) among Security Forces

1Ashraf Muwafa Falaiyah* and Saad Sabet Jaber Alatrany

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Abstract:

Purpose: This article aims to exam the prevalence of secondary traumatic stress (STS) among security forces as well as to investigate the difference in STS according to educational level social state. Methods: (203) participants of security forces were selected from internal ministry. The Arabic version scale of secondary traumatic stress (STS) is used to achieve the study's objects. Results: the results showed that most commonly symptoms identified were Inability to recall traumatized colleagues' information, followed by cued physiological reaction, irritability, and hypervigilance. However, a fewer symptoms experienced were reported in diminished activity level, avoidance of people, places, and things and emotional numbing. In addition, the results found that female reported more symptoms of STS than male. However, no significant differences were found in STS according to educational level and social state.

Keywords:

Secondary Traumatic Stress, Security Forces, Trauma, Iraq.

Paper Details
Month5
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 5
Pages6365-6371