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Study: Positive personality traits may protect police at high risk for PTSD

from Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Personal traits — such as resilience, satisfaction with life and a grateful disposition — may help shield police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is the case even though police officers are repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and those events have been found to provoke PTSD. These are the conclusions of a new University at Buffalo study that examined police officers in the New Orleans area both during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. more

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