Personality Traits May Shield Police Officers from PTSD

A new study suggests personal traits such as resilience, satisfaction with life and a grateful disposition may help safeguard police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Although exposure to traumatic events has been found to trigger PTSD, the personal traits appear to provide a shield from PTSD for officers who are often exposed to repeated trauma.

These are the conclusions of a new study that looked at police officers in the New Orleans area during and in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The results suggested that they were shielded from PTSD by the protective qualities not only in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but years later as well. 

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