How do firefighters cope? : an investigation of coping strategies and symptoms of distress within the context of daily stressors

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lynda K. Black (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
L. DiAnne Borders

Abstract: This study investigated firefighters' coping strategies and distress levels in the context of daily stressors. Participants were 261 professional line firefighters employed by the Greensboro Fire Department in North Carolina. Participants completed the Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ, Folkman & Lazarus, 1988a) to assess the coping strategies used, the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90R, Derogatis, 1994) to determine the nature of distress experienced, the Perceived Social Support Scale (PSS, Procidano & Heller, 1983) to assess respondents' perceptions of social support, and a demographic questionnaire. After data collection, factor analyses was performed to determine the factor items from each instrument to be used in a structural linear model. Then, a structural model was analyzed for goodness of fit.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1996
Fire fighters $x Job stress
Fire fighters $z North Carolina $z Greensboro

Email this document to