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Identification and Mitigation of Robust Organizational Stressors and Mediators on Correctional Officer Health and Wellness

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $644,720)

The applicant proposes to study the organizational stressors faced by correctional officers by studying correctional officers in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The research team proposes to administer an online survey to over 8,000 CDRC correctional officers. The survey will identify the most significant organizational stressors. Behavioral and psychological outcome measures, such as alcohol use, physical activity, and absenteeism, will be assessed. The survey results will be analyzed using generalized linear models. The survey will be administered online using Qualitrics, with the assistance of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). The survey results will be augmented by 40 interviews, stratified by rank.

The research team will use the results from the survey to develop a toolkit using the NIOSH Total Worker Health approach. The Total Worker Health approach seeks to measure supervisor support for policies to reduce injuries and promote wellness. The toolkit will be prepared by an expert panel of COs, leaders, and the CCPOA. It will allow CDCR facilities to tailor their own policies and procedures to mitigate organizational stressors. Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 16, 2020