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Chapter 10 The Value Struggle Between the Families of Law Enforcement: The Family at Home and the Family at Work

Leadership in Education, Corrections and Law Enforcement: A Commitment to Ethics, Equity and Excellence

ISBN: 978-1-78052-184-8, eISBN: 978-1-78052-185-5

ISSN: 1479-3660

Publication date: 25 July 2011

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between stressors that are part of law enforcement job responsibilities or associated with police work and the relationships of law enforcement officers. This study uses a standardized testing instrument for relationships, the Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised (MSI-R) (Snyder, 1997) and a qualitative tool developed by the researcher, the Law Enforcement-Based Family Survey (LEBFS). The MSI-R is a self-report measure that identifies for each partner the nature and the extent of the distress along key dimensions of the relationship. The LEBFS examines themes among law enforcement officers and is used as an exploratory measure. Participants for the study were chosen based on their active duty status and personal relationships, utilizing a sampling procedure. The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California, employed the law enforcement officers for this study, and participation was voluntary and confidential.

Citation

Thomas, K.A. (2011), "Chapter 10 The Value Struggle Between the Families of Law Enforcement: The Family at Home and the Family at Work", Normore, A.H. and Fitch, B.D. (Ed.) Leadership in Education, Corrections and Law Enforcement: A Commitment to Ethics, Equity and Excellence (Advances in Educational Administration, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-208. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3660(2011)0000012013

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