An Examination of Possible Causes of Stress for United States Probation Officers: A Look at a Southeastern District

W. Wesley Johnson, Sam Houston State University
Terry L. Wells, Georgia College and State University
Risdon N. Slate, Florida Southern College

Information on Federal Probation Officers is lacking in the research literature. This study is aimed at narrowing that gap by focusing on United States Probation Officers and potential causes of their stress within a federal judicial district in the southeast, with plans of undertaking a more expansive study. On the basis of a 70 percent response rate a number of demographic variables are analyzed, as well as organizational factors, in an attempt to identify the primary predictors of stress for USPOs. Recommendations for future research will also be offered.

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