Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2011


Helms School of Government


Criminal Justice

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral; Psychology, Physiological; Psychology, Social


Marriage, Law Enforcement, Stress, Effects


Other Psychology


The reality of how law enforcement stress affects individuals and marriages will be presented in light of its causes and dangers to officers, as well as how the stress affects officers’ marriages. The marital problems stemming from law enforcement stress can progress from producing less spousal interaction and communication issues, to presenting opportunities for infidelity, and eventually result in divorce. Before countering the impact of job stress upon marriage, officers must first deal with the stress individually. Marriages do not have to end as a result of job stress. By seeking family therapy and by relying on God, law enforcement marriages can be saved.