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Coping, stress and suicide ideation in the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape

R Meyer, S Rothmann, J Pienaar
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 6, No 4 | a1527 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v6i4.1527 | © 2003 R Meyer, S Rothmann, J Pienaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 December 2003 | Published: 15 November 2003

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R Meyer, School of Behavioural Sciences, NWU
S Rothmann, School of Behavioural Sciences, NWU, South Africa
J Pienaar, School of Behavioural Sciences, NWU

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Abstract

The objective of this research is to determine the relationship between coping and stress on the one hand and suicide ideation among police members on the other. A cross-sectional survey design was used. The study population (N = 307) consisted of uniformed police members in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The COPE, Police Stress Inventory, Adult Suicide Ideation Questionnaire and a Biographical Questionnaire were used as measuring instruments. The results showed that passive coping strategies are related to suicide ideation. A discriminant analysis showed that suicide attempt, passive coping strategies, medical conditions, use of alcohol, problem-focused coping strategies and police-specific demands correctly classified 64.29 per cent of participants who scored high on suicide ideation. 

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