Workplace Harassment, Work overload and Psychological distress in Female Police Officers

Shiza Shahid (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq

The present study was carried out to study the relationship among workplace harassment, work overload and psychological distress in female police officers. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between workplace harassment, work overload and psychological distress. Moreover, it was also hypothesized that workplace harassment and work overload would predict psychological distress in female police officers. The sample comprised of N = 100 female police officers with age range 21-40 years collected using purposive sampling technique from different police stations and police training centers of Lahore. Negative Acts Questionnaire (Einarsen & Hoel, 2001), Reilly’s Role Overload Scale (Reilly, 1982) and Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (Kessler, 2002) were used for data collection. Correlation analysis revealed that workplace harassment was positively correlated with work overload and psychological distress. Moreover, hierarchical regression analysis revealed that workplace harassment was a positive predictor of psychological distress.  The present research will help to the police force to give appropriate work environment for female workers and make strategies to prevent workplace harassment and work overload.

Keywords: Workplace harassment, work overload, psychological distress.

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