Kiely, J. and Hodgson, G., 1990. Stress in the prison service - the benefits of exercise programs. Human Relations, 43 (6), pp. 551-572.
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This article examines the job and role of prison officers in the light of theoretical work on occupational stress. Research findings and literature reviews on the value of exercise to offset occupational stress are considered. A visit was made to a prison currently operating a staff exercise program during duty hours, and interviews were held with staff. Further prisons of similar categorization were contacted by questionnaire to obtain comparable statistical data on overtime and sickness rates. The questionnaire also sought Governors' opinions of occupational stress and the feasibility of introducting staff exercise programs as a means of alleviating stress. Finally, in-depth interviews were held with a selection of staff who had experienced an illness which they attributed to stress. The results highlight the positive benefits of physical exercise and general fitness both as stress preventors and as a means of overcoming the harmful effects of stress. It also reveals the need for more rigorous research regarding the perceived and actual benefits of physical exercise as a way of combating occupational stress.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Prison officers, occupational stress, exercise|
|Subjects:||Technology > Business, Management and Marketing|
Arts > Sports
|Group:||Business School > Centre for Research in Management|
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|Deposited On:||21 Jun 2007|
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