Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

James A. Nolan

Committee Member

Garland White

Committee Member

Carole L. Seyfrit

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 N45


The purpose of this study was to investigate what factors may determine which officers may feel job stress. In today's law enforcement agencies stress is becoming an important topic to study. With the knowledge of what factors may determine stress in officers, stress can be reduced to avoid departmental loss. The data collection was conducted in 1998, during the Christmas season at a California law enforcement agency. This thesis looks at the impact of age, education, and job satisfaction on stress. It also looks at the relationship of age and education to job satisfaction. Multiple regression was run on all of the variables tested. This study's analysis suggests that there are no significant strong relationships between any of these variables and stress for this sample of officers.


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