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Title: COVID Stress among Nepal Police Officers
Authors: Rajbhandari, Bibek
Tiwari, Bhuwaneshwar
Gurung, Minani
Poudel, Lisasha
Adhikari, Anurag
Shilpakar, Olita
Puri, Rajesh Raj
Singh, Sumi
Citation: RajbhandariB., TiwariB., Gurung M., Poudel L., Adhikari A., ShilpakarO., PuriR. R., & SinghS. (2021). COVID Stress among Nepal Police Officers. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, 19(2), 390-395.
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Nepal Health Research Council
Article Type: Original Article
Keywords: COVID-19
police officer
Series/Report no.: Apr-June, 2021;3672
Abstract: Abstract Background: In Nepal, the stress factor is exacerbated by a large number of police officers working away from home with less family contact, a hectic work schedule in a pandemic situation, companions suffering from illness and updates on additional cases with rising mortality rates, and a lack of access to Personal Protection Equipment. The main aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of COVID stress among Nepal police officers working during pandemic. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study among police officers (n=1526) working during pandemic in Province X Nepal. Semi-structured questionnaire was administered using google form. COVID Stress Scale -36 (CSS-36) was used to assess the stress in officers. Data collection was done after obtaining ethical approval. Data cleaning was done using a python script and then was exported to Ms. Excel for graph analysis. Results: The highest percentage was seen in the xenophobia subscale (24.63%), followed by contamination (20.10 %) and compulsive checking (19.21%). Comparing socio-demographic variables, 18-27 aged groups including male officers and unmarried groups had experienced high COVID stress. Conclusions: Most of the officers feared from the foreigners perceiving them the main source of COVID-19. Fears about getting contaminated related to COVID-19 was also seen high. There is a need to assess psychological issues and provide social support to police officers during this pandemic situation. Keywords: COVID-19; police officer; stress; Nepal
Description: Original Article
ISSN: Print ISSN: 1727-5482; Online ISSN: 1999-6217
Appears in Collections:Vol. 19 No. 2 (2021): Vol 19 No 2 Issue 51 Apr-Jun 2021

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