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Death Work Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival

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ISBN-10: 0195157656

ISBN-13: 9780195157659

Edition: 2004

Authors: Vincent E. Henry

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In this fascinating new book, Vincent Henry (a 21-year veteran of the NYPD who recently retired to become a university professor) explores the psychological transformations and adaptations that result from police officers' encounters with death. Police can encounter death frequently in the course of their duties, and these encounters may range from casual contacts with the deaths of others to the most profound and personally consequential confrontations with their own mortality. Using the 'survivor psychology' model as its theoretical base, this insightful and provocative research ventures into a previously unexplored area of police psychology to illuminate and explore the new modes of…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Foreword: Robert Jay Lifton
Introduction: The Death and Policing Nexus
Death Work: The General Context
Police Survivors of Death Encounters: Theoretical Perspective and Strategy of Inquiry
"Becoming a Cop": Basic Social and Psychological Processes
The Rookie's Experience: Introduction to Death
Patrol Sergeants: Routinization of the Death Encounter
Crime Scene Detectives: "Technicizing" the Death Encounter
Homicide Detectives: Emotional Reactions to Violent Death
Police Survivors: Genuine Threats to the Sense of Immortality
Reflections and Observations
Epilogue: September 11, 2001