School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Angelia D. Dickens
Law Enforcement, Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth, Religiosity
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kingsriter, H. Bradford William, "The Relationship of Religiosity to Vicarious Posttraumatic Growth in Law Enforcement Officers" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2762.
This study’s primary purpose was to examine how a law enforcement officer’s (LEO’s) religiosity might predict their production of vicarious posttraumatic growth (VPTG). There has been limited research regarding religiosity and VPTG within law enforcement (LE). This study sought to expand the knowledge base regarding LEOs, religiosity, and VPTG. Eighty-eight law enforcement officers from an Upper Midwest state completed the survey. The current study utilized the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory–Expanded (PTGI-X) to assess for VPTG and the Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS) to evaluate individual religiosity. This study was informed by the theory of posttraumatic growth (PTG) (Tedeschi & Calhoun, 1996). A review of the literature that encompassed LEOs, spirituality, religion, PTG, and VPTG, along with divergent concepts about the study of PTG was undertaken. A simple bivariate regression was performed to detect if LEOs’ religiosity predicts VPTG. According to the analysis, religiosity was predictive of VPTG.