Hailing and boarding: the psychological impact of US coast guard boardings

G.O.W. Mueller (Rutgers University)
Freda Adler (Rutgers University)

Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development

ISSN: 0141-2949

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Measures the impact of armed US Coast Guard boardings on those aboard boarded vessels. A sample of fifty subjects (half members of a graduate class on “Maritime Crime and its Prevention”, half others), completed questionnaires after experiencing a (pre‐arranged but undisclosed) interception and boarding by a US Coast Guard Cutter of the vessel on which they were traveling. Subjects reported satisfaction with the conduct of the boarding, but experienced different anxiety levels during the encounter, ranging from low levels (one third), medium levels (one third) to relatively high levels of anxiety. Boarding parties should be concerned with the latter group. Training and sensitivity to deal with that group needs to be emphasized.



Mueller, G. and Adler, F. (1996), "Hailing and boarding: the psychological impact of US coast guard boardings", Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 57-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639519610151883

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