Faculty Articles

Title

Assessment of Stress, Burnout, and Resilience in Crime Scene Investigators

Document Type

Newsletter

Publication Date

Winter 2021

Publication Title

The Identifier

Volume

4

Issue/Number

1

Abstract/Excerpt

Excerpt

Crime Scene Investigators are an integral part of law enforcement. After arriving to the scene, CSIs are responsible for identifying and analyzing useful evidence such as fingerprints, hairs, or fibers for later analysis. CSIs encounter explicit, violent scenes of death and are required to examine, smell, and touch the body, bodily fluids, and body parts (Pavsic Mrevlje, 2016). CSIs experience a variety of stressors; duty related stressors include: shift work, on call pressure working long and irregular hours, confrontation with human suffering, decision making dilemmas and doubts at the crime scene, and dirty and physically demanding circumstances at the crime scene. Moreover, CSIs are consistently exposed to traumatic situations in which they tend to use maladaptive coping strategies.

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