PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Meredith K. Ginley
Rachel L. Miller-Slough, Kelly E. Moore, Matthew I. Palmatier, & Rory A. Pfund
First responders, especially law enforcement, frequently encounter individuals experiencing substance use concerns. Previous research has documented that a greater understanding of substance use disorders promotes a decrease in stigmatizing perspectives. We present a novel approach to training law enforcement officers to improve their interactions with community members exhibiting substance use disorders, while also promoting their professional well-being. The present study sought to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Stigma Reduction and Resiliency Training for First Responders (SRRT-FR) in a sample of law enforcement officers, as well as its efficacy in decreasing stigmatizing perspectives towards substance use disorders and increasing professional resiliency. One hundred and ten law enforcement officers participated in SRRT-FR and completed pre-, post- (n = 77), and four-month follow-up (n = 42) surveys that assessed their perceptions towards individuals with substance use disorders, as well as their well-being within their profession. Preliminary results suggest that SRRT-FR is feasible and acceptable amongst officers and may decrease some stigmatizing perspectives and increase resiliency. The findings warrant replication with larger sample sizes and randomized controlled trials involving law enforcement officers, as well as other first responders.
Dissertation - embargo
Nicholson, Thalia P., "Stigma Reduction and Resiliency Training for First Responders (SRRT-FR): A Feasibility and Initial Efficacy Evaluation" (2024). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4231. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/4231
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