Sources of Training Stress and Coping Strategies: An Examination of Police Cadets

Dr Doris Chu1

1National Chung Cheng University, Chia Yi, Taiwan

This study examines the perceived level and sources of stress during the training of police cadets. It also explores the relationship between different coping strategies and perceived levels of stress and well-being. Data were analyzed based on surveys conducted with 187 cadets who received training at the Taiwan Police College between September and December of 2017. The majority of cadets in the sample utilized positive coping strategies. It was found that active coping was significantly associated with a lower level of life stress and training-related stress. Cadets who adopted active coping strategy demonstrated a higher level of well-being. Humor was found to be correlated with lower levels of stress and higher levels of life satisfaction and well-being. The results also suggest that cadets with high levels of stress and low levels of well-being were more likely to use negative coping strategies, such as self-blaming and disengagement. Implications for developing training programs on stress management for police cadets are discussed.

Keywords: coping strategies; stress; active coping; police cadets; police training; well-being


Doris C. Chu is a Professor in the Department and Graduate Institute of Criminology at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. Her recent articles have appeared in Policing and Society, Policing, British Journal of Criminology, and Crime and Delinquency. She is the guest editor for a special issue, “Crime and Criminal Justice in Taiwan,” of International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, (2013), 37, (2). She was awarded the 2013 Richard Terrill best paper of the year for her article entitled “The Role of the State on Cross-National Homicide Rates,” which was published in the International Criminal Justice Review, 2013, 23, (3), 252-279.


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