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The Implementation of COPE-A Technique in Reducing Stress on Women Correctional Officer: Indonesian Setting

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Background: In Indonesia, study on correctional officers is scarce. Limited attention is given to the psychological aspect of the correctional officers. This study was the first to report the implementation of COPE technique in reducing stress for women correctional officers. The aim of this study was to investigate the implementation of COPE technique in reducing work stress on women correctional officers in Indonesian setting. Method: Subject comprised of 34 women working at two prisons located in Central Java and West Java provinces. They were divided into experimental (n = 17) and control groups (n = 17). The COPE technique was modified to reduce the anxiety level in adults. The Work Stress Scale (α = 0.871) was applied as pre-test and post-test given to both experimental and control groups. Results: The results of the mixed-design ANOVA showed a decrease in the stress level on women correctional officers with stress levels of 12% (F = 4.539; p = 0.041; p < 0.05). This study showed that the COPE-A training can reduce work stress of correctional officers. Conclusion: This study recommend the implementation of the modified COPE technique (COPE-A) to reduce stress on women correctional officers. Future studies on different profession are needed.
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Keywords: COPE-A Technique; Correctional Officers; Indonesia; Prison; Women; Work Stress

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Psychology, Diponegoro University, Semarang, 50275, Indonesia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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