Counseling and Human Services
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Award
Personality and occupation.
Proquest Document ID
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas)
Size or duration
xvi, 327 pages
This study explores the diversity of personal and interpersonal features associated with relationship quality for law enforcement officers and their romantic partners. A concurrent, embedded, mixed methods design was used to address the central research question, "What interpersonal characteristics and work- and home-based contextual factors are associated with relationship quality for law enforcement officers and their romantic partners?" Specific efforts were made to account for the gaps left by existing literature on the romantic relationships of law enforcement officers. Participants were recruited from four Midwestern communities of similar size and demographic composition in the winter of 2018-2019. One hundred ten (110) participants completed a voluntary and anonymous on line survey: 82 police officers and 28 romantic partners; 26 couples were paired from within. The survey included three highly regarded relationship quality inventories. Twelve (12) qualitative follow-up questions se rved to clarify and enhance quantitative findings. Results indicated that the majority of participants in this study were relatively, if not highly satisfied in their romantic relationships. However, more than 25% of individuals fell on the cusp a distress/non-distress d esignation, calling attention to the positive impact that informed interventions like supportive interpersonal interactions and family-friendly institutional changes could make in bolstering relationship quality for law enforcement officers and their romantic partners.
Telisak, Mary, "Law enforcement officers' romantic relationships strengths : a mixed methods analysis" (2019). Theses & Dissertations. 33.
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