Title: The impacts of occupational stress on the work-related burnout levels of Turkish National Police members

Authors: Sedat Kula; Ismail Sahin

Addresses: Turkish National Police, Kars Police Department, Kars, Turkey ' Turkish National Police, Ankara Police Department, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Previous studies suggest that the organisational dynamics of police organisations and the nature of police work contribute to law enforcement stress, which in turn increases burnout. It is also well documented that undesirable organisational factors are more hazardous to the well-being of employees than are the stressors due to nature of police work. Using the survey data on 538 Turkish National Police (TNP) employees in Turkey, this study examines whether, and to what degree, organisational and operational stresses in law enforcement are associated with work-related burnout levels. The influence of organisational and operational stresses on the work-related burnout was examined by using structural equation modelling (SEM) within the theoretical framework of Kahn and Byosiere's (1992) causal theory. The results indicate that TNP employees' perceived organisational and operational stress have statistically significant positive effects on work-related burnout. Overall, the findings of this study illustrate a need for internal policy reform and managerial change in how the executives of TNP organise their agencies and policies since organisational stressors are the most prevalent factors determining the work-related burnout levels of TNP employees.

Keywords: organisational stress; operational stress; work related burnout; law enforcement; Turkish National Police; TNP; Turkey; organisational dynamics; police work; structural equation modelling; SEM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2015.070565

International Journal of Public Policy, 2015 Vol.11 No.4/5/6, pp.169 - 185

Received: 08 Jan 2014
Accepted: 09 Jan 2015

Published online: 10 Jul 2015 *

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